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Jason Thompson

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Adjunct Faculty for LeaRN Programs

Associate Professor for the Department of English



Thompson teaches course in rhetoric (The Rhetoric of Fiction, Rhetoric of Video Games) and media (Media Adaptation), as well as literature and composition. His research is focused on the game studies, classical rhetoric, and rhetorical theory, particularly Kenneth Burke. He has published The Post-9/11 Video Game: A Critical Examination (Mcfarland 2017) with Marc A Ouellette as well as the edited collection The Game Culture Reader (CSP 2013), and his articles and reviews have appeared in Rhetoric Review, M/C Journal, Arthuriana, JAC, CCC, QRDE, Reconstruction, and K.B. Journal, with essays appearing in edited collections from Routledge, Cambridge Scholars Press, and Parlor Press.

In 2018 he founded the Digital Humanities Lab, a research facility whose digital archive has joined that of the Learning Games Initiative, a transdisciplinary, inter-institutional research collective that studies, teaches with, and builds computer games.



Ph.D., University of Arizona

M.F.A., University of Arizona

B.A., Pacific Lutheran University


Recent and Upcoming Courses

Video Game Theory

Media Adaptation

Rhetoric of Video Games

Classical Rhetoric and Pedagogy

Senior Seminar



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