I’m Robby. I am a researcher, educator/nutty professor, community member & public speakernerdy rapper, entrepreneur, player of things, and a bunch of other stuff.

Academic Details:

Main gig:

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

Other Affiliations:

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) and 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.

External Academic Links:

Here is my official MSU site.

Here are my Research Gate and Google Scholar pages.

Recent tweets:


- October 2, 2017

RT @VOICES_Meetings: #VOICES2017 video poster: @raratan makes a bid for title of Best-Rapping Prof w/ song "Gotta Have Faith in Science." h…
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- August 29, 2017

https://t.co/TbRo3d0VBn Beautiful video from Fox Harrell on his avatar/virtual identity research @icelabMIT. I am a huge fan.
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- July 21, 2017

Espe's Family Child Care on #Yelp: I wrote the 1st yelp review. 7 years later, we come to visit coincidentally the … https://t.co/yfgufJU2kl
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- July 5, 2017

I just entered the #Ham4Ham lottery to win $10 #Hamiltour tickets! https://t.co/vtdGVaNBgM via @lucky_seat
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