Matthew Hamilton
Matthew  Hamilton

Matthew Hamilton

Cohort: 2018

Bachelors of Arts, Brown University

Master of Theological Studies, University of Notre Dame

Master of Arts in Teaching, Seattle Pacific University

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Educational Psychology

Research Interest

Education technologies

Race, gender, & class


Play, games, & learning 

Design-based research


Transmedia storytelling




Matthew Hamilton

Matthew Hamilton is a PhD student in the Urban Education Policy – Education Psychology program at University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, working with Dr. Brendesha Tynes.  He studies the intersections between play-based learning, technology, and struggles for liberation from systems of oppression.  He is particularly interested in game design research to support critical imagination, worldbuilding, future visioning, and transmedia storytelling.


Professional Experience:

Matthew graduated from Brown University, majoring in Religious Studies with a concentration in poetry.  He has a Masters in Theological Studies from Notre Dame, with a focus in comparative social ethics and liberation theologies.  He also has a Masters in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University, and taught Language Arts, Social Studies, and spoken-word poetry for 10 years at a program re-engaging students on the verge of dropping out of high school. He has co-designed multiple learning games to support student motivation and critical consciousness.

When he is not working, Matthew loves to nurture shared imagination through writing, dance, music, and theater.

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