Lynn A. Barnett is Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism at the University of Illinois. She is the coauthor of research articles and chapters about the benefits of play for developing children, the design of play environments to optimize playful expression, and the characteristics of playful personality in children and young adults. Her latest edited book is The Play of Individuals and Societies, which situates play within cultures as expressive of its literature, theater, art, games, and other elements. She is the cofounder of the nonprofit organization KOOP (“Kid Owned and Operated Play”) dedicated to encouraging children to communicate their playful proclivities in natural environments, aside from those that are artificially constructed, programmed, and managed by adults.
Daniel Feldman is a lecturer of English literature at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. He specializes in Holocaust literature and young adult fiction of the Holocaust. He is currently writing a manuscript on the use of play in young adult literature of the Holocaust. His articles have appeared in Comparative Literature, Partial Answers, The Lion and the Unicorn, and Children’s Literature.
Katriina Heljakka holds a postdoctoral position at University of Turku in Fin- land (digital culture studies) and studies toys and the cultures of play in the Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies. She currently leads Pori Labora- tory of Play (PLoP) where she explores the emerging “toyification” of culture, toy design, and the hybrid and transgenerational dimensions of ludic practices. Heljakka is a long-term member of the International Toy Research Association and Women in Toys. J. Tuomas Harviainen is Associate Professor of Information Practices at Tampere University, Finland, as well as one of the editors of Simulation & Gaming, the oldest existing academic game research journal. His work has been published in Organization Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Documentation, and New Media & Society.
Kenneth S. Horowitz is an Assistant Professor of English at Pontifical Catholic University, in Ponce Puerto Rico. He teaches research, writing, and Introduction to Game Studies. He has published articles about video games and language learning in Language Magazine and the Hispanic Educational Technology Services Journal. His publications include Playing at the Next Level: A History of American Sega Games and The Sega Arcade Revolution: A History in 62 Games.