Oakes Faculty Fellows

The Oakes College faculty represents a wealth of expertise from the natural sciences to the humanities, and we are proud to have some of the top scholars in the world among our faculty. Our students major in nearly every discipline at UCSC—from economics and computer science, to theater arts and Latin American and Latino studies—and they are well supported by the depth and breadth of the Oakes College faculty and the extensive knowledge of our advising team.

TBA is Oakes's faculty chair!

The Chair of the Faculty is an Academic Senate member, other than the Provost, who is elected by the college Faculty to serve a two year term, and will serve as a member of the Executive Committee.


Noah G Wardrip-Fruin
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Baskin School of Engineering
  • Department
    • Computational Media
  • Affiliations Center for Computational Experience, Digital Arts and New Media
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Engineering Building 2, Room 271
  • Office Hours These are updated here: https://www.soe.ucsc.edu/people/nwf
  • Mail Stop SOE3
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Video Games, Game Design, Game Studies; Fiction; Digital Media; Digital Humanities; Digital Arts; Game Studies; Game Technology; Game Design; Artificial Intelligence; New Media

Research Interests

  • New models of storytelling in games, software studies, how games express ideas through play, digital literature, how games can help broaden understanding of the power of computation, game and software preservation, discovery, and citation

Biography, Education and Training

  • Noah Wardrip-Fruin is a Professor of Computational Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he co-directs the Expressive Intelligence Studio, a technical and cultural research group.  Noah's research areas include new models of storytelling in games, how games express ideas through play, the literary possibilities of computational media, and how cultural software can be preserved, discovered, and cited. Noah has authored or co-edited five books on games and digital media for the MIT Press, including The New Media Reader (2003), a book influential in the development of interdisciplinary digital media curricula. His most recent book, Expressive Processing: Digital Fictions, Computer Games, and Software Studies was published by MIT in 2009. Noah's collaborative playable media projects, including Screen and Talking Cure, have been presented by the Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Krannert Art Museum, Hammer Museum, and a wide variety of festivals and conferences. Noah holds both a PhD (2006) and an MFA (2003) from Brown University, an MA (2000) from the Gallatin School at New York University, and a BA (1994) from the Johnston Center at the University of Redlands.