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I am Associate Professor and AT&T Scholar in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences. I am also (temporarily) a Visiting Research Fellow with the NTU Institute for Science and Technology for Humanity in Singapore, working at the WKW School of Communication and Information

I am also affiliate faculty in MSU’s Education Psychology and Education Technology Program and the Department of Psychology as well as a core faculty member for MSU’s Center for Gender in Global Context. I am also affiliated with MSU’s GEL lab and Serious Games program as well as the Meaningful Play conference.

My PhD is from the Annenberg School for Communication (USC) . I have an MA in Communication and a BA in Science, Technology and Society (with a minor in Creative Writing: Poetry), both from Stanford University.

Here are my official MSU and Google Scholar pages.

Recent Tweets:

@raratan

- November 18, 2020

Calling all avatar scholars! Please consider submitting to a Frontiers special issue I'm co-editing: User-Avatar Bond: Risk and Opportunities in Gaming and Beyond. Abstract due Jan 14 (soft), paper April 14. CFP: https://t.co/ZImWNypXqq Submit: https://t.co/fh2qoL9tUs @ICAGames
h J R
@raratan

- November 5, 2020

@ica_infosys Would you mind please sharing your CFP? @icahdq site is down again for me. ...makes me think someone could assemble all the CFPs in a google doc folder or somewhere else accessible.
h J R
@raratan

- September 29, 2020

Podcast episode on avatar effects with a focus on the workplace: https://t.co/tzyV2hhIvV. ...including an interview with a nutty professor (i.e., me!)
h J R
@raratan

- September 13, 2020

@sbkaufman I’ve been listening to your podcast for some time and have heard sponsored messages from a company that offers remote therapy solutions. I don’t remember who the sponsor was. Will you please tell me?
h J R
@raratan

- August 27, 2020

Why aren’t there better taser guns? Although, regardless of the recent shootings, I think there is a need to address systemic racism, at the same time, I think these shootings could have been avoided if taser/stun gun technology were more effective. Freeze ray, anyone?
h J R