School of the Arts Faculty
Associate Professor and Director of the Engagement Lab (2004)
B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz
Ph.D. University of Southern California
Eric Gordon is a researcher and game designer who investigates how games and social media can enhance civic learning and local engagement. He is the executive director of the Engagement Lab and an associate professor in the department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College. He is the co-author (with Adriana de Souza e Silva) of the book Net Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World (2011) and the author of the Urban Spectator: American Concept-cities from Kodak to Google (2010).
His game Participatory Chinatown was designed to engage people in Boston's Chinatown in the city's master planning process. It was named "best direct impact" game in 2011 by the organization Games for Change. He has designed games in partnership with governments, community groups and international organizations such as the United Nations Development Program, and the International Red Cross.
Professor Gordon is currently a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
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