Dr. Ian Bogost is Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing. He also holds an appointment in the Scheller College of Business. Bogost is also a contributing editor at The Atlantic.
He received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. Following a career in software and videogame development, he joined the School of Literature, Media, and Communication in 2004. Bogost's research addresses computation as an expressive and cultural practice, with a particular focus on videogames. Bogost is the author of Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism (MIT Press, 2006), Persuasive Games: The Expressive Power of Videogames (MIT Press, 2007), How To Do Things With Videogames (Minnesota, 2011), Alien Phenomenology, or What it's Like To Be a Thing (Minnesota, 2012), co-author (with Nick Montfort) of Video Computer System: A Platform Study of the Atari VCS (MIT Press, 2008), co-author (with his doctoral students Simon Ferrari and Bobby Schweizer) of Newsgames: Journalism at Play (MIT Press, 2010), and co-author (with nine others) of 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 (MIT Press, 2012). He is a member of the editorial board of numerous journals, co-series editor of the Platform Studies book series at MIT Press, co-series editor of the Object Lessons series atThe Atlanticand Bloomsbury, and an active participant in the commercial videogame industry.