An expert on the
industry and geek culture with a passion for inclusivity and equity.
This is me
User Experience DEI
Esports Former Academic
College Teaching Gaming
I have spent over a decade studying, researching, and teaching about entertainment media - specifically the video game industry and gaming culture, a personal passion of mine. I am a former Chair of the National Communication Association Game Studies Division, as well as an inaugural board member for the Esports Research Network. I currently serve as a co-chair for the Games and Gaming mini-track for the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences and consult on college esports curriculum and inclusivity. I also teach an online course on leadership and DEI in esports for the University of New Haven's M.S. in Sports Management program.
In 2022, I left higher ed full-time and took a role as a User Experience Researcher at Key Lime Interactive, a CX/US agency based out of Miami. It was a bittersweet transition, but one I have fully embraced, as I get to work with brilliant people, exciting products and services, and I get to see how our research helps shape the things we interact with every day. I am also committed to making UX research and design more accessible and equitable through inclusive recruitment and research practices.
I help colleges and universities develop inclusive and equitable
In my time in higher ed, I helped develop video game and esports courses for several colleges and universities, and have been consulted on dozens of other programs' esports curricula across the US. During my time teaching at Emerson College in Boston, MA, I developed and taught the first-of-its-kind undergraduate course on live-streaming in partnership with Twitch Student.
Even though I only teach part-time now, I am still passionate about collegiate esports - especially when it comes to cultivating inclusive and affirming clubs, teams, and academic programs. I am a regular guest on gaming and esports panels, podcasts, and at other industry events.
Interested in having me speak at your event or consult on your esports program?