Lauren Woolbright


College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Lauren Woolbright specializes in interactive media design, games, and environmental communication. Raised in the Carolinas, she started out working in state and national parks including Cape Hatteras National Seashore, New River State Park, and Table Rock State Park. She returned to school, completing her Masters and PhD at Clemson University in South Carolina. Having studied literature for her BA and MA, she pivoted to games---one of the newest storytelling media---and seeks to produce meaningful mediated experiences through playable interactive media design. Her research focuses on inclusive game design practices and environmental communication through digital media. She is a founding editor of OneShot: a Journal of Critical Games and Play, which publishes serious games and essays framing them. She teaches topics in VEED including Interaction Design and game design.


PhD in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design, Clemson University (2016) Dissertation: "Identity Design: Challenging Archetypes with Feminist Approaches to Game Design" Text-based game: The Blood of the Vampire (with collaborator Marie Jarrell)

MA in English, Clemson University (2011) Thesis: "Wounded Planet, Wounded People: The Possibility of Ecological Trauma in Mister Pip and the bone people"

BA in English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Honours, awards and grants

Andison Award for Teaching Excellence, Alma College 2022

Teaching interests

I teach topics to do with interaction design, game design, and media theory.

Topic coordinator
VEED2201 Interaction Design
VEED3301 Digital Entertainment Production 1
VEED3005 Digital Games
Supervisory interests
Digital game history
Digital games
Digital media and multimedia
Environment movements
Game design 
Games critical review/analysis
Games in education
Gender, media history
Interaction design
Social media