Constance Steinkuehler is an Associate Professor in Digital Media at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison and co-directs the Games+Learning+Society (GLS) center at the Wisconsin
Institute of Discovery and chairs their annual GLS Conference. Her research is on cognition and
learning in commercial entertainment games and games designed for impact. In 2011-2012,
she served as Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
(OSTP) where she advised on national initiatives related to games. Policy work there included
the coordination of cross-agency efforts to leverage games toward national priority areas
(e.g. childhood obesity, early literacy, STEM education) and the creation of new partnerships
to support an ecosystem for more diversified innovation in commercial and non-commercial
games. She also played a central role in recent meetings through the Vice President's office on
videogames and violence.
Constance has a PhD in Literacy Studies, an MS in Educational Psychology, and three Bachelor Degrees in Mathematics, English, and Religious Studies. Her dissertation was a cognitive ethnography of the MMOs Lineage I and II where she served as siege princess for the LegendsOfAden guild.