David Kocik

English - Media, Cinema, and Digitals Studies, PhD

Achieved Degrees

Bachelor's in English Education, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, 2017 Master's in Media Studies, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 2020


Video Games, Fan Labor, Drag, Political Activism, and my cat, Apollo

Selected Publications

“(Pandemic) Play-Testing Copresence and Kairotic Spaces in Quarantined Academic Streaming”. Well Played Retrospective: The Past, Pandemic and Future of Video Games, Value and Meaning, special issue of Well Played, 2021, pp. 27-36. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/16699579.

"'Discrepancy Detected': Operationalizing Immigration and Border Policy in Papers, Please." Democracy Dies Playfully: (Anti-)Democratic Ideas In and Around Video Games, special issue of Gamevironments, no. 13, 2020, pp. 35-63. https://doi.org/10.26092/elib/401.

Academic Awards

Chancellor’s Graduate Student Award in English, UW-Milwaukee, 2020-2021 Chancellor’s Graduate Student Award in Media Studies, UW-Milwaukee, 2018-2019

Teaching Experience

ENG 101, ENG 102, FS 205, JAMS 101, JAMS 118