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  • Director, Art & Design: Games & Playable Media ​BA Program
  • Associate Professor, ​Digital Arts & New Media MFA Program

Professor Hunicke joined UCSC in 2014 to develop and promote undergraduate and graduate education that explores games as a medium of critical, social and expressive artistic practice. This mission informs her teaching within DANM, her work in Games & Playable media BA and BS programs, and... more

  • Professor, Computational Media

I am a Human Computer Interaction and Games researcher who creates and studies digital games and other playful computer-supported experiences. My focus is emotion and social connection--understanding the impact of design choices on these qualities, and getting better at building and evaluating... more

  • Professor, Computer Engineering
  • Professor, Computational Media

Very briefly, my research focuses on the design and evaluation of interactive systems that help people with special needs, including older persons, people from third world countries, those with low socioeconomic and educational backgrounds and people with disabilities and children.
My... more

  • Chair, Computational Media
  • Professor, Computational Media
  • Director, Center for Games and Playable Media

Michael Mateas is Director of the Center for Games and Playable Media. He is a Professor of Computational Media at University of California, Santa Cruz, where he helped launch the Computer Game Design degree, the first of its kind in the UC system. His work explores artificial intelligence-based... more

  • Assistant Professor, Film & Digital Media

Professor Soraya Murray is an interdisciplinary scholar who focuses on contemporary visual culture, with particular interest in contemporary art, cultural studies and games. Murray holds a Ph.D. in art history and visual studies from Cornell University, and an MFA in Studio Art from the... more

  • Assistant Professor, Film & Digital Media

Susana Ruiz is an artist and scholar whose work traverses the intersections of cinema, games, art, ethics and activism. Her teaching and research are broadly concerned with how the intersection of art practice, design, computation, and storytelling can enable emergent forms of social justice,... more

  • Assistant Professor, Art & Design: Games & Playable Media ​BA Program

As a game designer, Elizabeth's research has focused on metacognitive development outcomes and strategy-based learning in games, taking advantage of the medium’s strength in establishing learning through systems-thinking and social interaction. Her artistic focus is in exploring issues of... more

  • Professor, Computational Media

Jim Whitehead is a Professor Computational Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he helped create the Computer Game Design program. He is also the founder and board chair of the Society for the Advancement of the Science of Digital Games, which hosts the yearly Foundations of... more