Curricula Vitae

Kristopher John Purzycki
2474 N. Fratney St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212


PhD Student, English (Digital Media Studies), University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Composition, Old Dominion University, 2013.
Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing, Old Dominion University, 2011.
Associates of Applied Arts in Graphic Design, Milwaukee Area Technical College, 2003

Teaching Experience

Instructor, Milwaukee Area Technical College

English 201: English 2, Fall 2017

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

ENG 201: Strategies for Academic Writing, Spring 2017
ENG 215: Introduction to English Studies, Fall 2016
ENG 102: College Writing and Research (Online), Summer 2016
ENG 102: College Writing and Research (Multimodal), Spring 2015
ENG 102: College Writing and Research, Spring 2015 – Spring 2016
ENG 101: Introduction to College Writing, Fall 2013 – Fall 2014

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Old Dominion University

ENG 327: Advanced Composition; Fall 2011 – Spring 2012.

Current Campus Positions

Project Assistant, UWM English Department, Fall 2016 – present.
Intern, UWM Libraries Digital Humanities Lab, Fall 2016 – present.
Production Manager, cream city review, 2013 – present.
Researcher, C21 Digital Culture Collaboratory. Primary investigators: Dr. Thomas Malaby and Dr. Stuart Moulthrop

Past Campus Positions

Project Assistant, Digital Arts and Culture Program, Fall 2014 – Spring 2017
Chair, Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC), Fall 2015 – 2016
Vice-Chair, Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC), Fall 2014 – 2015


“Gone Home.” Learning, Education, and Games Vol. 3. ETC Press. 2018 (forthcoming).

Intimate Male Relationships in Almost Human.” New Male Studies. 5.1: 2016.

Dissimulation, Disability Rhetoric, and the Application of Virtual Reality-Based Therapy.” Meaningful Play Conference Proceedings. 2014.

Making Learning Reel – Student-Made Videos on Mobile Devices.” with Dr. Rochelle Rodrigo. Chapter published in Enhancing Instruction with Visual Media: Utilizing Video and Lecture Capture. IGI Global: 2013.

Edited Collections

Co-editor, Not Just Play: Essays on Motivations and Impacts of Pokémon GO, with Andrew Kulak, Jamie Henthorn, and Stephanie Vie. McFarland, Fall 2019 (forthcoming).


Videoland: Movie Culture at the American Video Store.” Film Criticism, 2017.

“The Uncanny Valley.” animation: an interdisciplinary journal,  (forthcoming).

Publication Production

Editor, The Proceedings of the Annual Computers & Writing Conference (2016-17 ), 2017 – present.

Editor, OneShot: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Games and Play, 2017 – present.

Reviewer, Learning, Education, and Games Vol. 3. 2017 – present 
Editor, Press Start, 2014.

Reviewer, Press Start, 2015 – present.


“Pedagogy and Playfulness: Exploring Games in the Composition Classroom.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2018.

“Classroom Uses for the Twine Platform.” Digital Humanities Lab, 2016.

“Play as Activism: Using Game-Based Pedagogy to Build Structural Understanding, Foster Empathy, and Scaffold Change.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2016.

“Risky Teaching,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2015. “Multimodal Composing on Mobile Devices,” Workshop. Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2014.

“Lost in a Wonderland of Mobile learning,” assisted Dr. Rochelle Rodrigo in conducting workshop, EDUCAUSE 2012, Denver, Colorado. November 2012.

Creative Installations

“Our Time in Los Santos.” Screen capture photography. Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, 2018.

“MUSAIC.” Multi-user Dungeon. with Geoff Gimse (UWM). Midwest Interdiciplinary Graduate Conference, 2017.


“Teaching Context Through the Language of Games.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2018.

“Possibilities and Realities of Digital Humanities Across Disciplines: What can other disciplines learn from DH and what can DH learn from other disciplines?” Roundtable, HASTAC Conference, 2017.

“[[Enter Twine’d]]: Linking Teaching and Learning through Hypertext,” HASTAC Conference, 2017.

“Communities of Interactivism: Procedural Fluency and the Rhetoric of Digital Public Spaces.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2017.

“Passages and Pedagogies: Classroom Applications for the Twine Platform.” Meaningful Play, 2016.

“Creative GREP Works.” Electronic Literature Organization, 2016.

“Teaching the Game Experience: An Ecological Approach to Genres of Paratext.” Computers and Writing, 2016.

“Failure, Loss, Loop: Negative Feedback and the Affect of Uncanny Games in The Stanley Parable.” International Conference Series in Games and Literary Theory, 2015.

“Reading the Newsgame: Considerations for Using Games to Teach Critical Thinking Skills.” Computers & Writing, 2015.

“So Who’s Right? Analyzing Rhetorical Leverage Points of #Gamergate to Discuss Ethics and Stakeholders.” Computers & Writing, 2015.

“Ludic[rous?] Pedagogy: The Promises and Pitfalls of Gamifying the Composition Classroom.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2014.


Screens. with Allain Daigle. WXRW, FM Radio. 2015 – 2016, 2017 – present.  Lunch Zone. with UWM Serious Play. Twitch. May 2017 – present


Chair, Graduate Research Network, 2015 – 2016, 2018
Chair, Ride2CW, 2015 – present
HASTAC Scholar, 2016 – present, sponsored by the UWM Digital Humanities Lab
Executive Committee Chair, C’s the Day, 2016 – present
Executive Committee Chair, Council for Play and Game Studies, 2016 – present
Chair, Critical Code Studies Group, 2016 – 2017Organizer (UWM Campus), Humanities Unbound Conference, April 2017
Docent, Electronic Literature Organization Annual Conference, 2014
Public Relations Chair, Old Dominion University Graduate Student Organization, 2012 – 2013
Webmaster, Rhetoric Society of Old Dominion University, 2010-2012
Assistant Webmaster, English Graduate Organization, 2012
Distance Communications Coordinator, 32nd Annual Spring Conference on the Teaching of Writing, 2011

Professional Work Experience

Public Information Officer, Virginia Department of Transportation, May 2012 – August 2013
Lead Designer, Sunny Day Guide, March 2008 – August 2011
Graphic Designer, Lillian Vernon Corporation, December 2006 – February
Graphic Designer, Miles Kimball Corporation, May 2006 – December 2006 Image Editor, QuadGraphics Inc., May 2003 – March 2006

Volunteer Experience

General, WMSE, 2014 – present
Board Chair, Communications Committee Member, Riverwest Food Cooperative, 2013 – 2016
Social Media Coordinator, American Red Cross – Coastal Virginia Region, 2011 – 2013
Clean the Bay Day, Zone Captain, 2006 – 2010
Project Homeless Connect, 2007

Research Interests

Computer Games and Virtual Spaces
Software Archiving and Preservation
Digital Media and Pedagogy
Broadcasting and Outreach

Teaching Interests

Digital Ethics and Citizenship
Multimodal Composition