Hi. My name is Josef Nguyen (he/him/his), and I am an assistant professor in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at The University of Texas at Dallas.

I previously earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Davis (2016) as well as an M.S. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine, with concentration in Arts Computation Engineering (2009). I research and teach at the intersection of media studies and science and technology studies. My main interests include but are not limited to:

  • creative labor and the creative economy
  • digital technologies and the politics of consent
  • feminist and queer game studies
  • experimental game design
  • fan media and fandom practices
  • DIY, craft, and maker cultures

I am currently working on a book project titled The Makings of Digital Youth and Creativity in Early Twenty-First-Century America (under contract with University of Minnesota Press), which examines how constructions of naturally technological and creative youth mediate the ambivalences and contradictions of a precarious creative labor economy undergirded by digital technologies.

Additionally, I co-direct The Studio for Mediating Play with my UTD colleague Dr. Hong-An Wu. The Studio for Mediating Play integrates critical research and creative practices with intersectional feminist theory to address pressing social and material issues through engagements with and about play, investigating how play both mediates and is mediated by cultural and material forces.

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9 June 2020