Patrick Jagoda

Patrick Jagoda is Associate Professor of English, and an affiliate faculty member in Cinema and Media studies and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago. He specializes in new media studies, digital storytelling, contemporary American literature, and digital game theory and design. He is co-editor of Critical Inquiry and co-founder (with Melissa Gilliam) of the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab. He co-edited two special issues: “New Media and American Literature” for American Literature (2013) and Comics & Media: A Special Issue of Critical Inquiry (2014). Two of his books will be published in 2016: Network Aesthetics, and The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer (co-authored). In 2012-2013, he held a Gray Center Collaboration grant entitled “Alternate Reality: A Pervasive Play Project.” Alongside his academic work in the humanities, Jagoda has worked on a number of digital projects with youth on the South Side of Chicago, including an interactive narrative about teen decision-making and sexual health (Cache), an alternate reality game about economic and health disparities in America (Stork), a transmedia story with mini-games about sexual assault (Lucidity), and two citywide games about youth civic engagement and collaboration (The Source and S.E.E.D.). 

Gilliam and Jagoda Collaborations

In 2011, Drs. Gilliam and Jagoda launched an experimental project at the University of Chicago drawing upon Jagoda’s interest in games and new media studies and Gilliam’s interest in art and the health of young people. This project: the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab uses narrative and game design as tools for “critical making” or interacting with and thinking critically about the greater world. Through the GCC Lab, Gilliam and Jagoda are creating a series of projects