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

I earned my Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Davis (2016) and an M.S. in Information and Computer Science with concentration in Arts Computation Engineering from the University of California, Irvine (2009).

My areas of interest 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 titled The Digital Is Kid Stuff: Making Creative Laborers for a Precarious Economy (forthcoming Fall 2021 from University of Minnesota Press), which examines how debates over creative digital youth mediate the ambivalences and contradictions of a precarious creative labor economy.

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.