2022 CV

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  • I'm an Assistant Professor of Communication at Curry College, where I design and teach the Video Gaming Studies minor.

  • I'm an Associate Co-Editor (alongside Dr. Sonia Fizek) of the Journal of Gaming and Virtual World

  • My research focuses on walking simulators, indie games, critical play, postcolonialism and queerness in gaming, mechropolitics and death studies, and immersive performance.

  •  My work has been published in Game Studies, Gamevironments, Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, German Quarterly, Opera Quarterly, and popular outlets like The Guardian and Sidequest.

 

Stuart Moulthrop
Distinguished Professor of English
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

“This landmark study explains the roots and implications of computer games that move beyond combat and simple agon. With revealing insights into narratology, art, and intellectual history, Kagen opens promising new paths for technological humanism.”

Dr. Eben Muse
Bangor University. Co-Editor of Creating Second Lives

“In energetic and articulate prose, Kagen applies spatial and cultural studies to investigate discourses on death, work, colonialism and gender in the exploratory, nonviolent and playful landscapes of wandering games.”

Alenda Y. Chang
Associate Professor at UCSB

Author of Playing Nature: Ecology in Video Games

Co-Editor of Media + Environmen

“Beautifully conceived and written, Wandering Games maps the many ways we measure ourselves against the worlds of games. Kagen brings to life the pleasures and subversive potential of traveling without a destination.”