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Portrait of micha cardenas, brown curly hair, looking up to the left, with a red sweater on.
  • Assistant Professor, Art & Design: Games & Playable Media ​BA Program

micha cárdenas, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Art & Design: Games + Playable Media, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies and Digital Arts and New Media, at the University of California, Santa Cruz. cárdenas sees education as a path to liberation, and her teaching focuses on discussion,... more

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  • Assistant Professor, AGPM, DANM, CRES
  • Director, The Other Lab

A.M. Darke is an artist and game maker designing radical tools for social intervention. Still in the class war. Now in the pandemic. He’s in the combination class war and pandemic. Assistant Professor of Digital Arts and New Media, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, and Art & Design: Games... more

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

Currently on Leave through June 30, 2023.

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... more

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

Currently on Leave through June 20, 2022

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... more