This is my first year as a part of the HASTAC community, and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity. I’m a fifth year PhD student in the English department at UC Davis, which is where I also received my BA (also in English).
I’m currently working on my dissertation, which looks at the biopolitics of video games as they relate to the life sciences, but getting to this point has been a long process. Before I started graduate school, I had never heard of the digital humanities, and I didn’t know that video game studies was a field. I had certain interests that overlap with these areas of studies—flying under the umbrella as someone who worked on the 20th century, I was a fan of Pynchon and cyberpunk—and I had always been a gamer growing up, so the shift in emphasis always made sense to me. From there, I followed video games as they led me down the path of a number of potential projects, such as Shakespeare and video games, or video games and literature.
I’m looking forward to the chance to think through larger questions about how digital media in general and the video game in particular shapes research and pedagogy, and I’m looking forward to getting to know the other members of the community.