Michelle C. Forelle is currently a master's student in NYU's Media, Culture, and Communication program. Her research interests include music videos, how they live on the internet, and how emerging media and internet services are changing the ways artists, fans and the music industry interact. She is particularly curious about how new avenues for interactivity are redefining the medium of music videos and the music industry as a whole. Michelle graduated from Boston University in 2007 with a BS in Film/TV/Radio, and has spent the years since working in video production and music video blogging.
Liel Leibovitz, Editor, is a visiting assistant professor focusing primarily on video game and interactive media research and theory. Having received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2007, Leibovitz continues to study the ontology of electronic game play, exploring such diverse issues as human-machine interaction, gaming and the construction of player subjectivity, and representations of death and violence in video games. Prior to coming to NYU, he taught at Barnard College. He is a member of the advisory board of the New York chapter of the Digital Games Research Association, a founding member of the NYU Faculty Council on Games, and a member of the academic advisory board of the American Jewish Historical Society. He is also the author or co-author of several books of non-fiction, including, most recently, The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election, co-written with Todd Gitlin, as well as contributor to newspapers and magazines such as the Los Angeles Times, the Atlantic Monthly, Dissent, and Tablet.
Holly Robbins, is pursuing her Master’s Degree at New York University. Holly’s research interests examine how technology shapes and reflects our social experience, specifically within the framework of human computer interaction. She currently is a graduate researcher at NYU Poly’s Game Innovation Lab and a freelance user experience consultant. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in political anthropology in 2007, and prior to enrolling at NYU, Holly served as a political research analyst for an embassy in Washington DC.
Kimberly Thompson-Almanzor graduated from Rutgers University in 2003 and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. She has also worked in non-profit development for nine years, including her current position at the American Museum of Natural History. She is interested in exploring gender and sexuality in gaming, both within the games themselves and in the culture surrounding the consumption and play of video games.