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Reginald T. Gardner Jr.
Reginald T. Gardner Jr. received their B.A. in Political Science from Binghamton University in 2015. As an undergraduate, they focused on the political history of the Middle East and North Africa. They then made an academic shift, earning an M.S. in Student Affairs Administration, an M.P.A., and a Certificate in Community College Teaching from Binghamton in 2017. During their graduate studies, they spent time serving Binghamton through their work in Residential Life, University Libraries, and First-Year Experience programs. They also volunteered as an executive board member on several student and university organizations, from the president of the M.P.A. Graduate Association to a committee chair for the Binghamton Town-Gown Advisory Board. Unsatisfied with their professional trajectory, Reginald worked to bind their lifelong love of gaming and education, and now pursuing a Ph.D. in Informatics at UC Irvine. Under the advisement of Constance Steinkuehler, their current work broadly explores diversity and organizational structures in fighting game communities, and esports organizations in colleges and universities. As a participant on several faculty senate committees, and UCI Irvine’s Associated Graduate Students, Reginald remains committed to the improvement of university life. At the same time, they’re fully committed to the pursuit of research that enriches the lives of many more.