Game Studies Division

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The Game Studies (GS) Division promotes the scholarly examination of all aspects of gaming in relation to contemporary communication and culture. Although the division's core focus is digital games, its membership comprises a broad spectrum of related research topics and methodologies. GS supports the synthesis of social, psychological, cultural, aesthetic, ludic, narrative, philosophical, practical, logical, technological, and industrial dimensions of games and gaming. The division's mission is to foster this study through communication lenses, to provide a forum for presenting and discussing this work, and to catalyze collaboration among games scholars within NCA and beyond.

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2024 Interest Group Leadership

  • Chair: Courteney Smith, Purdue University
  • Vice Chair: Ailea Merriam-Pigg, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Vice Chair Elect:Megan Condis, Texas Tech University
  • Immediate Past Chair: Sky LaRell Anderson, University of St. Thomas
  • Graduate Student Representative: Rober Tabackman, University of Georgia
  • Publications/Web editor: Madison Wilson
  • Web Editor: Julia Medhurst


2024 NCA Positions

  • Legislative Assembly
    • Courteney Smith, Purdue University
    • Ailea Merriam-Pigg, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • NCA Nominating Committee
    • Courteney Smith, Purdue University

GSD Membership (2016-2024)

*Official count taken each January.


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Business Meeting Minutes
Interest Group Election