Patrick Jagoda is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago. He is also a coeditor of Critical Inquiry. He specializes in new media studies, twentieth century American literature, and digital game theory and design. Specifically, his scholarship examines how contemporary American fiction, film, television, and digital media aestheticize global networks (including terrorist networks, economic systems, and computer webs). His publications appear in such journals as Critical Inquiry, Social Text, Post45, and Neo-Victorian Studies, as well as edited volumes such as The American Novel 1870-1940 and Cyberspace and National Security.
Jagoda has also worked on several projects related to digital storytelling, transmedia game design, and new media learning. He is the co-founder (with Melissa Gilliam) of the ongoing Game Changer Chicago initiative, a project that uses transmedia game production to promote participatory and systems-oriented forms of health learning aimed at adolescents. This initiative has received support from several organizations, including the MacArthur Foundation and the Wohlford Foundation. In 2012-2013, Jagoda will pair with digital media artist Sha Xin Wei for a narrative-oriented transmedia game project supported by the Mellon Fellowship in Arts Practice and Scholarship at the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry. Jagoda received his PhD in English from Duke University in 2010 and was a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago from 2010-2012.