I grew up primarily in New England--between Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts--and spent some of my youth in Southern California and Europe. I completed high school in Chicago, and received highest honors degrees in History and Film Production from the University of Texas at Austin. Upon graduation, I lived in Costa Rica, Honduras, and Brazil, a journey that resulted in the novels, Fury & Redemption and Bad Blood Born. In the fall of 2006, I entered the Telecommunications Program at Indiana University at Bloomington. My thesis project was the four-time Webby Award winning original series, GameZombie TV. 

In the Fall of 2009, I expanded GZ to the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and co-founded the Media Arts & Game Development Program. Simultaneously, I completed a PhD in Digital Media from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, defending my dissertation on October 24, 2012. I moved to Silicon Valley in 2013 and became Founding Creative Director for an exciting new digital media & learning startup in Mountain View, CA called Galxyz. Worked hard to quarterback the building of a revolutionary next gen learning product/service--backed by Relay Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and the Emerson Collective--currently taking the edtech world by storm. In the Fall of 2015, I accepted a position as a professor of Digital Media at the American University in Dubai--studying, teaching, and producing digital media and technology in one of the most innovative and entrepreneurial cities of the 21st century. Beginning in the Fall of 2019, was thrilled to begin yet another adventure, as Associate Professor Digital Media Design at Northwestern University in Qatar.


Associate Professor of Digital Media Design
Northwestern University in Qatar

Associate Professor of Digital Media
Coordinator of the Digital Media Program

American University in Dubai

History Adventures

Dubai Wave Podcast & the Digital Dubai Podcast

Founding Creative Director

Founder & Executive Producer
GameZombie TV

Co-Founder & Lecturer
Media Arts & Game Development
University of Wisconsin at Whitewater


PhD, Digital Media, 2012
University of Wisconsin at Madison

M.S., Telecommunications, 2008
Indiana University at Bloomington

B.S., Radio-TV-Film, 2001
B.A., History, 2001

University of Texas at Austin
Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa

Selected Web Awards & Distinctions  

2010 Webby Award
2010 People’s Voice Webby Award
4th Annual Digital Media & Learning Competition - Finalist
2010 Mashable Award, Finalist - Best Web Video
2010 Davey Silver Award
2009 Webby Honoree Award
2008 Webby Honoree Award