Liel Leibovitz Ph.D. to speak at WMA Commencement
Posted 04/24/2012 03:00PM
Liel Leibovitz Ph.D. to speak at WMA Commencement

Liel Leibovitz is a visiting assistant professor at New York University who focuses primarily on video game and interactive media research and theory. Leibovitz studies the ontology of electronic game play, exploring such diverse issues as human-machine interaction, gaming and the construction of player subjectivity, and representations of death and violence in video games.

He is a member of the advisory board of the New York chapter of the Digital Games Research Association, a founding member of the NYU Faculty Council on Games, and a member of the academic advisory board of the American Jewish Historical Society.

He is also the author or co-author of several books of non-fiction, including, most recently, The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election, co-written with Todd Gitlin, as well as contributor to newspapers and magazines such as the Los Angeles Times, the Atlantic Monthly, Dissent, and Tablet.

In 2011, Leibovitz wrote Fortunate Sons with Matthew Miller. The book chronicles the story of the 120 Chinese boys who came to America for the their secondary education. Among them was Young Wing, who was the first Chinese student to attend Monson Academy. Young went on to be the first Chinese graduate of Yale University and is highly revered in China.

Leibovitz earned his B.A. from Tel Aviv University and both an M.S. in journalism and Ph.D. in communications from Columbia University. At NYU Steinhardt he teaches two undergraduate classes, Video Games: Culture and Industry and Copyright, Commerce, and Culture, and a graduate course Video Game Theory.

2012 Commencement Itinerary • May 22 - 26