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Matthew Hamilton

University of Southern California
Research Associate
Los Angeles
I am a PhD student in Educational Psychology at the University of Southern California, working with Dr. Brendesha Tynes. I study the intersections between play-based learning, technology, and struggles for liberation from systems of oppression. I am particularly interested in game design research to support critical imagination, worldbuilding, future visioning, and transmedia storytelling.

I am currently working with Tracy Fullerton at the Game Innovation Lab in the USC School of Cinematic Arts, helping design classroom curricula around her award-winning game Walden (https://www.waldengame.com/).

I have a Masters in Theological Studies from Notre Dame, with a focus in comparative social ethics and liberation theologies. I also have a Masters in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University, and I taught Language Arts, Social Studies, and spoken-word poetry for 10 years at a program re-engaging students on the verge of dropping out of high school. I have co-designed multiple learning games to support student motivation and critical consciousness.

My Speakers Sessions

Wednesday, October 2