Team and Collaborators

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The collective “we” of the project includes an advisory board chaired by Benjamin Stokes, Games for Change under the leadership of Susanna Pollack, and researchers at the Michael Cohen Group led by Gerad O’Shea.

Collaborating Institutions

The following organizations have committed to helping spread this conversation in some form, including by hosting conversations around the report, by distributing the report, and/or by providing critical guidance to help refine the report. Most are not responsible for the actual content of the report.

(A full list of names and links is on the first report page.)

Advisory Group

  •      Chair: Benjamin Stokes – Assistant Professor at American University; Co-Founder of Games for Change; former Program Officer at the MacArthur Foundation
  •      Asi Burak – Tribeca Games co-founder, chairman of Games for Change, and principal at Power Play
  •      Tracy Fullerton – Associate Professor and Chair of the Interactive Media and Games Division of the USC School of Cinematic Arts; and Director of the Game Innovation Lab
  •     Debra Lieberman – Director of the Center for Digital Games Research at UC Santa Barbara; and formerly Director of the Health Games Research national program
  •      Constance Steinkuehler – Associate Professor in Digital Media, School of Education, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; President of the Learning Games Network; ED of the Higher Education Video Game Alliance; Co-Director of the Games+Learning+Society Center; and formerly Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) where she advised on national initiatives related to games
  •      Robert Torres – Chief Learning Scientist at EkStep (; former Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Research Partners at the Michael Cohen Group (MCG)

  • Gerad O’Shea – Research Director and Statistics Coordinator
  • Nicole Walden – Senior Research Associate
  • Francesco Nasso – Research Associate, Media and Technology
  • Giancarlo Mariutto – Director of Research, Media and Technology