Constance Steinkuehler,
Lead faculty

Constance Steinkuehler is a Professor of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine and Principal Investigator in the Game Culture and Cognition Lab. She has published two books and more than ninety articles and chapters on thinking and reasoning related to videogames.

Constance serves on the advisory board for the UCI Esports Program and Chairs the UCI Diversity and Inclusion in Esports Task Force. She formerly served as Senior Policy Analyst under the Obama administration in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, advising on games and digital media, and she is the founder and former President of the Higher Education Video Games Alliance, an academic organization of game-related programs in higher education. Her work has been featured in Science, Wired, USA Today, New York Times, LA Times, ABC, CBS, CNN NPR, BBC and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Kurt Squire,
Lead faculty

Kurt Squire is a Professor in the Department of Informatics. He is an expert on learning with technology. He has directed several game-based learning projects, ranging from ARIS, a tool for place-based mobile app development, to ProgenitorX, a game about saving the world from zombies through stem cell technology. Squire’s lab has launched multiple game titles and game-based learning companies in partnerships with foundations, non-profits, and industry including clients. Squire is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award and the recipient of grants from multiple foundations. Squire is the author of over 100 scholarly texts and articles.