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Digital Media and Learning Competition Judges

Initial Judges :: Finalist Judges

HASTAC and the MacArthur Foundation would like to thank the following initial judges for their expertise, time, and dedication in selecting our 2008 Competition finalists. This crucial work was an enormous undertaking, accomplishing the difficult task of establishing the finalist pool from over 1,000 applications.

Stephen David Beck, Professor of Composition and Computer Music, Louisiana State University
A composer and researcher, Beck directs LSU's Music and Art Digital Studio, which brings composers and visual artists together in a virtual environment for digital art and new media.

Geoffrey Bowker, Regis and Dianne McKenna Professor, Santa Clara University
Bowker works on the generation, deployment and sharing of knowledge in information infrastructures, notably scientific cyberinfrastructure.

Bill Bridges, Game Designer and Writer, CCP Games/White Wolf
Bridges has designed and written numerous computer games and fictional worlds for companies such as White Wolf, Holistic Design, Viacom, and SegaSoft.

John Briggs, Assistant Managing Editor, Yahoo! News
Briggs has a decade of experience in online news at Yahoo!, directing programming, developing content and designing site features; he was a 2007 John S. Knight fellow at Stanford University.

Laura N. Brown, Senior Advisor, Ithaka
Former president of Oxford University Press, USA, Brown has been involved in consulting on digital initiatives in the scholarly community for the past two years.

Noshir Contractor, Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University
Contractor is investigating factors that lead to the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of dynamically linked social and knowledge networks in communities.

Paul Conway, Associate Professor in the School of Information, University of Michigan
Conway's research focuses on the social aspects of building and using digital archives.

Chris Crawford, Founder, Storytron
Crawford is an early pioneer of computer games.

Michael C. Dawson, John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
Since working in Silicon Valley during the 1970s, Dawson has pursued his interest in the social and political ramifications of the information technology revolution in his teaching at Harvard and the University of Chicago, and in his development of web-based political resources and tools.

Bill Gannon, Director of Online Operations, Lucasfilms Ltd.
Gannon, who has received two co-inventor patents for Internet product development, has strategic and operational leadership roles and responsibilities for all online activities at Lucasfilms Ltd.

Lisa Gitelman, Associate Professor of Media Studies, Catholic University
Author of Always Already New (MIT Press, 2006), Gitelman is experienced in the digital humanities and an expert in American media history.

Cori Hayden, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
Hayden works in science and technology studies and critical studies of intellectual property.

Laurie A. Henry, Assistant Professor of Early Adolescent Literacy, University of Kentucky
Henry researches the development of new literacies for reading and writing among middle school students and their teachers in online environments.

Will Hindmarch, Freelance Writer and Game Developer
Hindmarch is a writer and game developer most recently of the storytelling game Vampire: The Requiem.

Kenneth Hite, Game Developer and Designer; Contributor to Pyramid
Hite has designed, written, or co-written over 70 role-playing games and supplements, including four Origins Award-winning games.

Paul Jay, Professor of English, Loyola University Chicago
Jay specializes in contemporary literary and critical theory.

Steven E. Jones, Professor of English Loyola University Chicago
Jones' research interests include romantic-period English literature and textual studies, including digital textuality and media.

Joe Karaganis, Program Director; Culture, Creativity and Information Technology; Social Science Research Council
Karaganis directs programs on media, technology, and culture at the Social Science Research Council.

Michele Knobel, Professor of Education, Montclair State University
Knobel's research and publications examine the relationships between new literacies, social practices and digital technologies.

Kevin Leander, Associate Professor, Teaching and Learning, Vanderbilt University
Leander researches adolescents' uses of new media in and out of school, literacy and technology, and spatial theory to help us understand emerging social practices of learning and identity.

Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information
Lynch's work at the Coaliton for Networked Information focuses on digital content and advanced technology in support of scholarship.

Mike Macy, Goldman Smith Professor of Sociology, Cornell University
Macy's research interests include collective action, on-line communities, self-organizing population dynamics, and cascades on networks.

Tara McPherson, Associate Professor, Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California
McPherson studies emergent modes of digital publishing and mediated learning, and historical and contemporary issues of technology and culture.

Colleen Monahan, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Distance Education (CADE), University of Illinois at Chicago
Monahan has pioneered the incorporation of advanced Internet technologies in the field of public health as the director of CADE at the UIC School of Public Health.

Matt Moog, Founder and CEO, Viewpoints Network
Moog is the founder and CEO of, a fast-growing participatory online consumer review community.

Lisa Nakamura, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Nakamura is the author of Cybertypes: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity on the Internet (Routledge, 2002).

Alondra Nelson, Assistant Professor, African American Studies, American Studies and Sociology, Yale University
Nelson is co-editor of Technicolor: Race, Technology and Everyday Life (New York University Press, 2001).

Lisa Parks, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Author of Cultures in Orbit (Duke University Press, 2005), Parks studies social and cultural uses of satellite, computing and television technologies in transnational contexts.

John Pratt, Co-Founder, Fundable Group, Inc.
Pratt programs, designs and writes documentation for

Meredith Quinn, Strategic Services Project Manager, Ithaka
As part of Ithaka's Strategic Services team, Quinn assists scholarly digital projects to analyze their markets and to design and execute sustainable business plans.

Diana Rhoten, Program Director, Knowledge Institutions and International Collaboration, Social Science Research Council
Rhoten researches the social and technical conditions as well as the individual and organizational implications of different approaches to knowledge production and dissemination.

Jeff Tidball, Senior Creative Development Editor, Fantasy Flight Games
Tidball is an award-winning writer and game designer with design and world-building experience in mobile, role-playing, card, and board games.

James Wallis, Freelance Game Designer and Writer
Wallis directed Hogshead Publishing, a prominent publisher of games, until 2003; he currently consults on game design.

X. Christine Wang, Assistant Professor of Literacy, State University of New York at Buffalo
Wang is interested in young children's learning and collaboration in technology-rich contexts.

Michele White, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Tulane University
White is an Internet and new media studies scholar and author of The Body and the Screen: Theories of Internet Spectatorship (MIT Press, 2006).

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