Josef Nguyen

Assistant Professor - ATEC
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Tags: Animation & Games Emerging Media Art Communication & Culture

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - English
University of California, Davis - 2016
M.S. - Information and Computer Science, with a concentration in Arts Computation Engineering
University of California, Irvine - 2009
B.A. - English
University of the Pacific - 2007
B.S. - Computer Science
University of the Pacific - 2007

Research Areas

Research 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


The Digital Is Kid Stuff: Making Creative Laborers for a Precarious Economy, University of Minnesota Press, December 2021 - Peer-reviewed Book
“Painful Games, Sporting Practices, and Enduring Masculinities,” Journal of Cinema and Media Studies 60.5 (Sept 2021) , Forthcoming - Peer-reviewed Journal Article
“Challenges of Designing Consent: Consent Mechanics in Video Games as Models for Interactive User Agency,” with Bonnie Ruberg, CHI ‘20: Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems  - Peer-reviewed Conference Proceeding
“How Makers and Preppers Converge in Premodern and Post-Apocalyptic Ruin.” Lateral 7.2 (2018)  - Peer-reviewed Journal Article
“Digital Games about the Materiality of Digital Games.” Special issue on “Green Computer and Video Games.” Guest eds. John Parham and Alenda Y. Chang. Ecozon@ 8.2 (Nov 2017), 18–38  - Peer-reviewed Journal Article
Minecraft and the Building Blocks of Creative Individuality.” Configurations 24.4 (Fall 2016), 471–500  - Peer-reviewed Journal Article
“Performing as Video Game Players in Let’s Plays.” Transformative Works and Cultures no. 22 (Sept 2016) - Peer-reviewed Journal Article
Make Magazine and the Social Reproduction of DIY Science and Technology.” Cultural Politics 12.2 (July 2016), 233–252  - Peer-reviewed Journal Article