I'm Professor/lector for Interactive Narrative Design at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, researching Interactive Digital Narrative in Video Games and other emerging digital formats.
Currently, I'm working on a book for Routledge (working title "Understanding Interactive Digital Narratives") to be published in 2021.
I am the chair of the EU COST Action 18230 INDCOR (Interactive Narrative Design for COmplexity Representations), leading a network of researchers and professionals from 36 nations investigating the use of interactive narratives to represent complex topics such as global warming the COVID 19 pandemic.
As the president of ARDIN (Association for Research in Digital Interactive Narratives), I'm working to build a friendly community and infrastructure for researchers and practitioners in this exciting field of research.
I'm also an artist and sometimes a car mechanic. My areas of interest center around new expressive forms using digital technology. This includes narrative in video games as well as interactive art pieces and installations.
I was previsously at the Department of Telecomunications/Entertainment Media Studies at the University of Georgia and at Georgia Tech's LCC department, where I've founded and led a research group and developed ASAPS, an open and expandable system for Interactive Digital Narrative. At the University of Georgia, I'm continuing this work.
I taught many classes connected to digital media, including interactive narrative, game programming, video production, and webdesign. I love to teach and I was awarded the "Class of 1969 Teaching Scholars" award at Georgia Tech.