Areas of SpecializationPlay and game studies, digital media and culture, fan studies, science and technology studies, contemporary literature
Josef Nguyen is an assistant professor of game studies at The University of Texas at Dallas in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication. He received a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Davis and an M.S. in Information and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. His research engages science and technology studies as well as media studies, with particular interest in the politics of play, toys, and games in contemporary digital culture. His current book-length project investigates contemporary debates regarding creativity, children, and digital media, focusing on the gendered and domestic politics of social reproduction. His work in play and game studies, both as an instructor and a researcher, foregrounds issues of critically and politically minded design and play practices, such as modding and let’s plays.