Assistant Professor, Drama and Speech Communication

<--break->Gerald VoorheesGerald Voorhees is an Assistant Professor in the Department Communication Arts at the University of Waterloo. His research is on games and new media as sites for the construction and contestation of identity and culture, and he has edited books on masculinities in games, feminism in play, role-playing games, and first-person shooter games.

Gerald is co-editor of Bloomsbury’s Approaches to Game Studies book series and managing editor of the Gender in Play trilogy in Palgrave’s Games in Context book series. He was formerly a member of the Executive Board of the Digital Games Research Association, and a former co-chair of the Game Studies area of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Nation Conference. He has also given the keynote for the 2017 Games History Symposium in Montreal, titled, "The Problem of Genre in Game Studies". 

Prior to joining University of Waterloo, Gerald taught at Oregon State University and created the Game and Interactive Media Design track for the Communication BA at High Point University in North Carolina. He has taught theory, criticism and practice classes in media studies, rhetorical studies, and game studies.

Sample Publications 

  • Co-editor, with Kishonna L. Gray and Emma Vossen, Feminism in Play. Palgrave MacMillan
  • Co-editor, with Nick Taylor, Masculinities in Play. Palgrave MacMillan
  • 2016. "Constructions of Fatherhood in The Last of Us and BioShock Infinite." Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology 9. 
  • 2012 “Rhetorical Games and Gamic Rhetorics.” Communication.
  • 2012. “Criticism and Control: Procedure, Process and Possibility Space,” in Ctrl-Alt-Play: Essays on Control in Video Gaming, edited by M. Wysocki. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland)

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