The College of the Arts and School of Film, Media & Theatre welcome Dr. Arianna Gass to the faculty this fall in a new Post-Doctoral Research Associate role.
As a creative enterprise embedded within a Tier-1 research university, the School of Film, Media & Theatre is steadily growing in both size and stature. Traditionally, post-doctoral programs allow scholars the opportunity to pursue mentored research in a supportive academic environment, honing additional knowledge and skills needed for a tenure-track faculty position. This addition to the faculty demonstrates the School of Film, Media & Theatre’s commitment to Georgia State’s strategic goal of ensuring that scholars from all backgrounds can achieve academic and career success.
“By adding a post-doctoral research position to its faculty, the School of Film, Media & Theatre helps strengthen our commitment to innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship and lays the groundwork to nurture and advance diverse voices in the arts,” said Wade Weast, dean of the College of the Arts.
In their new role, Dr. Gass will enrich the faculty through their experiences and humanities-based approaches to video game studies. An intermedia artist and scholar whose interests lie at the intersection of digital and embodied play, Dr. Gass explores embodiment from a technical perspective, examining the interface of on-screen and off-screen bodily performance in video games, as well as from a creative perspective, through the production of interactive multimedia performances. They received their Ph.D. in English, Theater & Performance studies from the University of Chicago.
“Dr. Gass has an emerging record of video game research, especially their work on ‘glitch aesthetics,’ that promises to add depth and unique perspective to our Moving Image Studies program,” said Dr. Ethan Tussey, the interim director of the School of Film, Media & Theatre. “We are eager to welcome them to the faculty this fall.”
This fall, Gass will maintain an active research agenda while also teaching graduate courses in the Moving Image Studies doctoral program, as well as undergraduate courses in video game studies.