Kevin was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, and still cheers for the Oilers. After graduating from Calvin College, he married and taught overseas in schools for missionary kids in the Cote d'Ivoire and Hungary for three and a half years. He was overjoyed to have the opportunity to move back to Canada after grad school in Iowa (Go Hawks!) and still teach in a Christian university. He has three young daughters who love playing the Wii, PS3, and Xbox360 with him.
He writes about the intersection of communication, culture, media, technology and faith, primarily by talking about computer and video games. He has published articles or chapters on fantasy-role-playing computer games and masculinity, on computer games and myth, on the presentation of history in computer games, and on evangelicals and games. He has also guided interdisciplinary groups of students in designing and constructing small indie-style computer games.
Research & Scholarship
- Ph.D. in Communication Studies, University of Iowa, 2004
- BA in Communication Studies (Film Studies) and History, Calvin College, 1996.
- Intro to Mass Communication
- Computing for Communications
- Communication Theory in Everyday Life
- Television & Culture
- Digital Games as Communication
- Media, Criticism & Culture
- Introduction to Game Design
- Game Development I & II