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Program Director Andrew Phelps is an augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) expert with a wide-ranging background in game design, education, art and interactive experiences. He is co-founder and currently serves as president of the Higher Education Video Game Alliance (HEVGA) and he is also a professor at the Human Interface Technologies Laboratory NZ (HITLabNZ)within the College of Engineering at the University of Canterbury. With a team of impressive faculty, Phelps is leading AU's Game Lab to a superlative position in persuasive play and deep games.

Game Center students are makers, working side-by-side with faculty on Game Studio projects and participate in the world's leading games events. Our graduate students have presented their work at GDC (Narrative Competition and Community Engagement Summit), SXSW (2017) and more. Studying in DC means that one day you swing by the White House for an e-sports event, the next you're helping to organize an 11,000 attendee event at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
 


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Faculty & Staff

Luis Cerezo- Ceballos Assoc Professor CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Dr. Cerezo is a professor of applied linguistics and the director of the Spanish language program at American University. He has been a consultant for institutions like the Fulbright Commission and Be

  cerezoce@american.edu

  (202) 885-6277

Samara Fantie Adjunct Instructor

Samara Fantie is an adjunct professor of Film and Media Arts. She works in multiple media, and has received awards for her traditional illustrations and sculpture as well as her 2D digital animation w

  sfantie@american.edu

Meredith Fender Senior Administrative Assistant SOC - Game Lab

Meredith happily returned to her alma mater in 2017, where she currently supports the AU Game Center (formerly the AU Game Lab). Meredith assists with reserving the Game Center facility, Game Center s

  fender@american.edu

  (202) 885-2014

Brigid Maher Assoc Professor SOC - School of Communication

Brigid Maher is Director of the Film and Media Arts Division and a tenured associate professor in the School of Communication. She is an award-winning documentary filmmaker focusing on women, from wom

  bmaher@american.edu

  (202) 885-2664

Mark Nelson Asst Professor CAS - Computer Science

Prof. Mark J. Nelson is a computer scientist with a research focus on artificial intelligence (AI). His research primarily uses games as a domain of study. This includes: technical research that uses

  mnelson@american.edu

Andrew Phelps Professor SOC - Game Lab

Phelps is a Professor in the Film & Media Arts division of the School of Communication at American University, and the Director of the AU Game Center, a multidisciplinary effort that engages facul

  phelps@american.edu

Krzysztof Pietroszek Asst Professor SOC - School of Communication

Dr. Pietroszek is a tenure-track professor in the Film and Media Arts Division of the School of Communication. He is the Founding Director of the Institute for Immersive Designs, Experiences, Applicat

  pietrosz@american.edu

Benjamin Stokes Assoc Professor SOC - School of Communication

Benjamin Stokes is a civic media scholar, game designer, and director of <a href="https://playfulcity.net/go/">The Playful City Lab</a>. He is also an Assistant Professor in the

  bstokes@american.edu

  (202) 885-2066

Michael Treanor Assoc Professor CAS - Computer Science

Associate Professor Mike Treanor is a game developer and theorist whose research is aimed at finding new approaches for interpretation and expression of meaning within videogames and computational med

  treanor@american.edu

  (202) 885-2749

Affiliated Faculty

Steven Dashiell Postdoctoral Fellow CAS - Sociology

Steven Dashiell is an interdisciplinary sociologist who studies language, specifically the nature of discourses in male-dominated subcultures.  His work looks at how understood assumptions in language

  dashiell@american.edu

Adrienne Massanari Assoc Professor SOC - School of Communication

Dr. Adrienne L. Massanari is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at American University. Prior to joining AU she was Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and affili

  adrienne@american.edu

Current Students

Andrew Moger

Drew Moger is an MFA candidate in the Games and Interactive Media program. Originally from Tampa, Florida, he studied Film Studies and Creative Writing at Eckerd College. Wanting to apply his interest

  am2289b@american.edu

Michael Mrizek

Michael "Mig" Mrizek is an MFA candidate in the Games and Interactive Media program. He is originally from San Jose, California.

  mm9191a@american.edu

Jocelyn Wagner

Jocelyn Wagner is an MFA candidate in the Games and Interactive Media program. After studying English at U.C. Berkeley, they decided to pursue their interest in narrative writing for games. Jocelyn

  jw5233a@american.edu