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

Critical digital literacy

Education technologies

Race, gender, & class 

Play, games, & learning 

Design-based research




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.  They study the intersections between critical digital literacy and play/game-based learning.  They are particularly interested in game design research to support critical imagination, future visioning, and storytelling.  They are currently taking game design classes at USC's School of Cinematic Arts Interactive Media and Games Division, and are working on several educational games and apps.  

(Matthew uses they/ them pronouns)


Professional Experience:

Matthew graduated from Brown University, majoring in Religious Studies with a concentration in creative writing.  They have a Masters in Theological Studies from Notre Dame, with a focus in comparative social ethics and critical consciousness.  They also have 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 who had been pushed out of high school. They have co-designed multiple learning games to support student motivation and critical consciousness.

Matthew loves to nurture shared imagination through dance, music, and theater.  In their spare time, they nerd out about things like wearable synthesizers and liberation theology games.  

Honors and Awards:

Emotional literacy game "All the Feels" exhibited at IndieCade and the 2020 USC Games Expo 

Admitted to the 2019 American Education Research Association Design and Technology SIG's mentoring program 

Co-designed interactive installations presented at the 2017 Seattle Design Festival and at the Center on Contemporary Art 

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