Autumn M. Dodge is Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy at Lynchburg College. Her work has appeared in academic journals and books, including Educating through Popular Culture: You’re Not Cool Just Because You Teach with Comics; Addressing Diversity in Literacy Instruction, Literacy Research, Practice, and Evaluation; Intercultural Education; Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy; and Distance Learning. Paul A. Crutcher is Assistant Professor of English and Director of English Education at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His research, which focuses on popular culture, education, and social issues related to education, has appeared in numerous academic journals and books, including Intercultural Education, Educational Review, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and International Journal of Comic Art.
Thomas S. Henricks is the J. Earl Danieley Professor of Sociology and Distin-guished University Professor at Elon University. He established the program for sociology majors and developed the Faculty Resource Center at Elon. He also served as dean of the social sciences department and associate dean of the university. His publications include Play and the Human Condition; Disputed Pleasures: Sport and Society in Preindustrial England; Play Reconsidered: Sociological Perspectives on Human Expression; and Selves, Societies, and Emotions: Understanding the Pathways of Experience.
Cathlena Martin is the Assistant Professor of Game Studies and Design and Director of the Honors Program at the University of Montevallo. Her publications explore topics that include Peter Pan and video games, play in Ender’s Game, and game adaptations of children’s texts and have appeared in Beyond Adaptation: Essays on Radical Transformations of Original Works; Adaptation in Contemporary Culture: Textual Infidelities; and The Role-Playing Society: Essays on the Cultural Influence of RPGs. Her latest research focuses on the influence of tabletop role-playing games on board games and card games and on pedagogical uses of gamification.
Meredith L. Rowe is Associate Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research on the role of children’s social experiences in their development has appeared in numerous journals, including the Journal of Child Language; Child Development; Developmental Psychology; Developmental Science; and Science. Kenneth Rubin is Professor of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research investigates the role of play in development, and his findings have been published in The Handbook of Child Psychology (1983) and such journals as Child Development; Developmental Psychology; Human Development; and Development and Psychopathology. Virginia Salo is a doctoral student in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland, College Park.