Dr. Karen Schrier

Professor/Director of Games and Emerging Media


Dr. Karen "Kat" Schrier (she/they) is a Professor and Founding Director of the Games & Emerging Media program at Marist College. She is a world-renowned expert and researcher in games, ethics, empathy, and learning, and is the director of the Play Innovation Lab. She is co-PI on a Templeton grant on virtual reality games and empathy with colleagues at the Lagos Business School in Nigeria. She also has over 20 years of hands-on experience in game design and media production, such as at Scholastic, Nickelodeon, BrainPOP, and the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Schrier has written or edited over 100 publications, including We the Gamers: How Games Teach Ethics and Civics (Oxford University Press) and Knowledge Games: How Playing Games Can Help Solve Problems, Create Insight, and Make Change. She is the editor of the book series Learning, Education & Games, published by ETC Press (Carnegie Mellon), co-author of a UNESCO whitepaper on empathy and games, and co-editor of two books on games and ethics. Her work has been covered by Forbes, New Scientist, Wired, Edutopia, Times Higher Education, and SiriusXM. Dr. Schrier served as a Belfer Fellow with the ADL’s Center for Technology & Society and is currently an advisor for the Daytime Emmy-nominated Mission US: For Crown or Colony? and the ethics game, Quandary. She holds a doctorate from Columbia University, master’s degree from MIT, and a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College.


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School of Communication and the Arts


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