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

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  • 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

Elin Carstensdottir
  • Assistant Professor, Computational Media

Research areas: Game and human-computer interaction, interactive narrative, interaction design, user experience, game user research, player agency, social behavior simulation

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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, Computational 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

Adam Smith
  • Assistant Professor, Computational Media

Dr. Adam Smith is an Assistant Professor of Computational Media. He earned a BS and PhD in Computer Science from UC Santa Cruz and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington. He has worked in research and software engineering roles at NASA Ames Research Center and Los Alamos... 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