Richard Arum is an expert on the legal and institutional environments of schools, social stratification and digital education. His work focuses on student work habits, teaching and curriculum, and the development of critical thinking skills.
Mizuko (Mimi) Ito is a cultural anthropologist, studying youth new media practices in the U.S. and Japan. She led the MacArthur Foundation Connected Learning Research Network and Digital Media and Learning Hub, and is co-founder of the nonprofit, Connected Camps.
Kurt Squire is an expert on learning with technology. He has directed several game-based learning projects, ranging from ARIS, a tool for place-based mobile app development, to ProgenitorX, a game about saving the world from zombies through stem cell technology.
Bill Maurer is a cultural anthropologist who conducts research on law, property, money and finance, focusing on the technological infrastructures and social relations of exchange and payment.
Constance Steinkuehler’s expertise is on cognition and learning in commercial entertainment games and games designed for impact. Her research interests include neuroscience and games, learning analytics, and mixed methods.
David Theo Goldberg’s expertise includes political theory, race and racism, ethics, law and society, critical theory, cultural studies and digital humanities. He is executive director of the Digital Media and Learning Hub.
Katie Salen is a designer working at the intersections of youth, online play, and learning. Her research focuses on various aspects of social-emotional learning in online game communities, including conflict resolution, peer mediation, collaboration, and problem-solving.