Doris Bergen is Professor and Interim Chair for the Department of Educational Psychology at Miami University in Ohio. She has published scores of articles and essays and is author, coauthor, or editor of eight books, including the forthcoming Technology Play and Brian Development. Her other works include Assessment Methods for Infants and Toddlers: Transdisciplinary Team Approaches; Educating and Caring for Very Young Children: The Infant/Toddler Curriculum; Play from Birth to Twelve: Contexts, Perspectives, and Meanings; Human Development: Traditional and Contemporary Theories; and Brain Research and Childhood Education: Implications for Educators.
Pauline Agnieszka Duncan is a postdoctoral fellow in the Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh. She has held teaching appointments at both the University of Edinburgh and the University of Stirling. Her writings have appeared in Drawing and the Non-Verbal Mind: A Life-Span Perspective, Journal of Creative Behaviour, and other publications, and she has spoken about her work in British Columbia, Estonia, Greece, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Thomas S. Henricks is the J. Earl Danieley Professor of Sociology and Distinguished 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.
Patrick Jagoda is Assistant Professor in English and New Media Studies at the University of Chicago and Cofounder of the Game Changer Design Lab. His areas of interest include techniques for playful learning, experimental games, electronic literature, and media theory. He has contributed coauthored chapters and articles to numerous books and journals, including Critical Inquiry and International Journal of Learning and Media. In addition, he has served as the creative director and co-creator of alternate reality games, including S.E.E.D.; The Source; and Play as Inquiry. Melissa Gilliam is Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion Contributors in the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. She is the creator of the university’s Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health, where she partners with colleagues of other disciplines to research the racial and social interplay of systems that affect reproductive health in young women. Peter McDonald is a first year PhD student in English at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the interpretation of play and how it affects the broader culture in which it develops. His essay on interpreting time, rhythm, and gesture in play appeared in Game and Culture. Christopher Russell is a second-year PhD student in the Screen Cultures Department at Northwestern University. He is studying digital games and computing cultures, and his research focuses on issues of gender and sexuality.