Patrick Jagoda is Professor of Cinema & Media Studies and English at the University of Chicago. He specializes in media studies, 20th and 21st-century American culture, and digital game theory and design. He is the author of Experimental Games: Critique, Play, and Design in the Age of Gamification (U Chicago Press, 2020) and Network Aesthetics (U Chicago Press, 2016), and co-author of The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer (MIT, 2016). He is co-founder of the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab and Transmedia Story Lab, and serves as executive editor of Critical Inquiry. He is also a member of the Fourcast Lab, which has created a number of alternate reality games, including the parasite (2017), Terrarium (2019), A Labyrinth (2020), and ECHO (2020).