Assistant Professor, English
After completing a BA in Media Studies at Carleton College, Chris Hanson worked for a number of years in video game and software development, and later assisted with the planning and production of an educational series and content for PBS. Chris returned to academia in Los Angeles and received his MA and PhD in Critical Studies at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, where his dissertation focused on replay and repetition in video games, television, and avant-garde film. Chris has been a HASTAC Scholar (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) and his work has appeared in Film Quarterly, Spectator, and Discourse.
Research and Teaching InterestsCurrent research interests include the art games movement, emergent narrative, and the relationship between industrial and avant-garde modes of game production.
ETS 146 Reading Screen Culture
ETS 330 Time across Media
ETS 340 New Media Forms
ETS 410 Television Genres as Practice
ETS 410 Practices of Games
ENG 630 Theories of New Media
ENG 730 Temporality and Embodiment
ENG 730 Game Studies
Beyond the Screen: Reading and Teaching New Media
Areas of SupervisionGame studies, emerging media, interactive fiction and narrative, avant-garde film and video, television, temporality, spatiality, and code/software studies.