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Thomas M. Malaby

Professor
 (414) 229-4175
 Sabin Hall 397

Web Site: thomasmalaby.com

Degree(s)

PhD, Anthropology, Harvard University

Courses Taught

Anthro 102 – Introduction to Anthropology: Culture and Society
Anthro 340 – Cultures of Online Games and Virtual Worlds (online)
Anthro 744 – Theories of Social Action – Understanding Agency and Social Structure
Anthro 803 – Survey of Cultural Anthropology (History and Theory Proseminar)

Research Interests

Thomas Malaby is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research interest is in the ever-changing relationships among institutions, unpredictability, and technology, especially as they are realized through games and game-like processes. He has published numerous and widely cited works on the status of games in human experience. Dr. Malaby’s work suggests that the increasing use of digital games by institutions marks a fundamental transition in modern governance. His most recent book, Making Virtual Worlds: Linden Lab and Second Life (2009, Cornell University Press), is an ethnographic examination of a San Francisco high tech firm.

Relevant Professional Activities

Dr. Malaby is an author at the blog Terra Nova, and his research papers in progress can be found via his author page at the Social Science Research Network. At UWM, he typically teaches the introductory graduate seminar in cultural anthropology, with other courses offered at several levels, covering various topics across his research areas.

Selected Publications

Malaby, T. M. (2012). Digital Gaming, Game Design, and its Precursors. Miller, D., & Horst, H. (Eds.). Digital Anthropology, 288-305. Oxford: Berg.
Malaby, T. M. (2011). These Great Urbanist Games: New Babylon and Second Life (reprint). Petro, P., Hall, L., & Aneesh, A. (Eds.). World Making: Media, Art, and the Politics of the Global. Rutgers University Press.
Malaby, T. M. (2009, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Anthropology and Play: The Contours of Playful Experience. New Literary History, 40(1), 205-218.
Malaby, T. M. (2009, June). Making Virtual Worlds: Linden Lab and Second Life. Cornell University Press.
Malaby, T. M. (2007). Beyond Play: A New Approach to Games. Games & Culture, 2(2), 95-113.
Malaby, T. M. (2003). The Currency of Proof: Euro Competence and the Refiguring of Value in Greece. Social Analysis, 47(1), 42-52.
Malaby, T. M. (2003). Gambling Life: Dealing in Contingency in a Greek City. University of Illinois Press.