Knight Chair, Associate Professor


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Lindsay is Knight Chair of Interactive Media and an associate professor at the University of Miami School of Communication. He is Vice President for the Higher Education Video Game Alliance and the 2019 recipient of the Games for Change Vanguard award. Lindsay’s 2019 book, Doing Things with Games, Social Impact through Design, is a well-received guide to game design.

He authored or co-authored more than 50 papers, articles, book chapters and books on games since 2009. His creative work has been selected for showcase internationally including New York, Paris, Sao Paolo, Singapore, Chicago, Vancouver, Istanbul, and others. Lindsay curated or co-curated several Blank Arcade exhibits, Smithsonian American Art Museum’s SAAM Arcade (2014-2017), the Games for Change Civic and Social Impact program and others.

He has given talks at the Game Developers Conference, SXSW, Games for Change Festival, the Online News Association, the Society for News Design, and many other industry events. He has been on the program committee for a variety of conferences include the Foundations for Digital Games Conference, International Conference of Games Jams and Hackathons, Advances in Computer Entertainment, and others. He has given more than 100 academic presentations.

His work has received awards and recognition from the Games for Change Festival, the Digital Diversity Network, the Association of Computing Machinery’s digital arts community, Black Enterprise and others. He has done consulting and game design work for the World Bank, Educational testing Services (ETS), National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) and others.

Between 2013 and 2018 he was the founding director of the American University Game Lab and Studio. He served as Vice President and on the board of directors for the Global Game Jam™ non-profit between 2014-2019. From 2009 to 2013 he was the Armstrong Professor at Miami University’s School of Art. Lindsay also served on the board for the Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) between 2013-2015.

His teaching career includes teaching more than 75 courses at 5 colleges and universities.  Prior to becoming a professor, Lindsay was a software developer and designer, a buyer and a data warehousing integrity analyst at an investment firm.

Courses Taught

CIM 122 Intro to Game Studies
CIM 310 Intro to Game Design
CIM 111 Web Lab
CIM 591 Designing Playful Systems
JMM 692 Special Topics: Journalism and Media Management

Featured Publications

Selected Books

Grace, L. Doing things with games: Social Impact through Play, Routledge/CRC, 2019. ISBN: 9781138367265

Grace, L and Gold, S. 2018, Global Game Jam Stories, Global Game Jam Inc, 74 pages ISBN 978-0-359-85219-2

Selected Book Chapters

Grace, L. 2016. “The Rise of Affection Games: The Private Lives of Mobile Devices,” In M. Willson & T. Leaver (Eds.), Social, Casual, Mobile: Changing Games, Bloomsbury Press, NY.

Grace, L., Jamieson, P. 2014. Gaming with Purpose: Heuristic Understanding of Ubiquitous Game Development and Design for Human ComputationIEEE Handbook of Digital Games,

Grace, L. 2010. Critical Gameplay: Design Techniques and Case StudiesDesigning Games for Ethics, Volume II, IGI Global (2010)- [pdf]

Selected Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings

Grace, L., Hone, B. 2019. Factitious: Large Scale Computer Game to Fight Fake News and Improve News Literacy, 37th Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI – ACM), Scotland

Grace, L. Heuristics from Curating and Exhibiting Game Art in the 21st Century, In proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Digital Arts (Artech 2017), Macau, China

Grace, L., & Farley, M. How Game Design Thinking becomes Engagement Design. In Proceedings of the 20th Academic Mindtrek (Tampere, Finland, October 17-19, 2016). ACM, New York, NY

Grace, L. 2016. Deciphering Hackathons and Game Jams through Play, in Proceedings of the 1st International Conference of Game Jams, Hackathons and Game Creation Events, David Brower Center of UC Berkeley in California, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 4 pages.

Grace, L., Janssen, D., and Coyle J. 2014. Did you see that?: in-game advertising retention in players and onlookers. In Proceedings of the 11th Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology (ACE ’14). ACM, New York, NY, USA, , Article 42 , 4 pages. DOI=10.1145/2663806.2663856

Grace, L. 2014. Adapting Games From Literature: Game Verbs for Player Behavior. In Proceedings of the 32nd of the international Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Toronto, Canada, April 26 – May 1, 2014). CHI EA ’14. ACM, New York, NY, USA

Grace, L. 2011. The Poetics of Game Design, Rhetoric and the Independent Game, 5th Digital Games Research Association Conference on Games and Play (DIGRA). Utrecht School of the Arts, (Netherlands)

Selected Editorials and Syndicated Content

2018: The Conversation (Salon.comChicago Tribune, LA Times, et al), What’s leisure and what’s game addiction in the 21st century?, June 27, 2018

2018: The Conversation (LA TimesChicago TribuneSmithsonian Magazine, et al.) What 40 years of ‘Space Invaders’ says about the 1970s – and today, June 18, 2018

2018: CNN (Opinion) Video games do not teach shooters to become shooters in real life, March 9, 2018

2017: The Conversation Designing games that change perceptions, opinions and even players’ real-life actions, March 25, 2017

reprinted: Axelrod, Rise B., and Charles R. Cooper. The St. Martin’s guide to writing. Macmillan, 2018.

Selected Keynotes

2019: Grace, L. Keynote: “Games + Libraries”, Libraries, Games and Play Conference, Washington, DC, USA

2018: Grace, L. Keynote: Games+ the African Diaspora, Annual Conference on Cape Verdean & Diaspora Studies Bridgewater State College, Massachusetts

2016: Grace, L. Keynote: Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship Awards, Massachusetts State House (Great Hall), Boston, Massachusetts

2016: Grace, L. Keynote: Online News Association (ONA)-London, United Kingdom

2015: Grace, L. Keynote: Queerness in Games Conference, University of California-Berkley, California, October 2015

Selected Press

2019: Featured: NPR Marketplace, Tech: Is “Fortnite” any more addictive than Facebook?, Molly Wood, April, 23, 2019

2018: Featured: Variety, ‘Fake News’ Game ‘Factitious’ Finds Following, Brian Crecente, June 28, 2018

2018: Featured: Gamasutra, At GDC 2018, get expert insight on how to teach game dev around the world, March 15, 2018

2017: Featured:Al Jazeera [English], US video games focus on historical accuracy, Shihab Rattansi, April 26, 2017

2017: Featured: Federal News Radio, Fact-checking in the era of fake news, Debra Roth and Nikki Cannon, March 10, 2017

2016: Featured: Diversity in Action Magazine, Diversifying the Video Game Industry, Sonya Stinson, September/October 2016

2016: Featured: Black Enterprise, Meet the Game Designer Creating Video Games with Social Impact, May 17, 2016

2015: Featured: WAMU 88.5 (Washington DC NPR affiliate) – Kojo Nnamdi Show, The Evolution of Teenage Friendships in the Internet Era, June 25, 2015

2014: Featured: Al Jazeera English, The Stream (TV): Life lessons from the virtual world, November 19, 2014

2009: Featured: Gamasutra: IGF Festival Preview: Interview about Polyglot Cubed(12/12/2008) | Gamecareer Guide: Independent Game Festival Preview 2009 – Polyglot Cubed (12/12/2008)

Grants Received

2019: Vanguard career award, Games for Change, New York, New York
2016: Innovator/Inventor Award, Inaugural Digital Diversity Network Awards, Civic Hall, New York, New York
2013: Games for Change Festival Hall of Fame, Critical Gameplay Wait
2013 10th Advances in Computer Entertainment Conference Game Competition, 1st Place
2009: Polyglot Cubed (finalist), I/ITSEC Serious Games Showcase, Orlando, Florida, USA