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:


- February 11, 2018

Quello Lecture at MSU by Vint Cerf May 10! https://t.co/vPJtTyZil5
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- February 2, 2018

Know any unpublished Proteus effect research (avatar traits experimentally manipulated for behavioral influence)?… https://t.co/Xcb0qNGezT
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- January 10, 2018

CFP! #ica18 Precon in Prague, May 24! GAMES EVERYWHERE, GAMING EVERYWHERE. On the Edge of Ubiquity, from Mobile to… https://t.co/0tGFeeAbMh
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- January 6, 2018

CFP! Meaningful Play 2018: a conference about theory, research, and game design innovations, principles and practic… https://t.co/yhT4TZ8ZTs
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- December 28, 2017

CFP! PRESENCE 2018, 18th conference of the International Society for Presence Research (ISPR). Submissions due Feb… https://t.co/UqPAMjEHX0
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