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Karen "Kat" Schrier

Associate Professor and Director of Games and Emerging Media, Marist College

Dr. Kat Schrier is Director of Games/Associate Professor at Marist College. She is also Founder/CEO of PlatyPlay, LLC, which specializes in designing and researching games for learning and inclusion. She has written/edited over 100 works, including We the Gamers (Oxford); Knowledge Games (Johns Hopkins); and the Learning, Education & Games book series (Carnegie Mellon/ETC). She is co-PI on a Templeton Foundation grant for VR games and empathy, and was a Belfer Fellow with the ADL's Center for Technology & Society. She previously at Nickelodeon, Scholastic, and BrainPOP, and has over two decades of experience of designing apps, games, and websites. She holds degrees from Amherst College, MIT, and Columbia University. Find out more at and


  • –present
    Associate Professor/Director of Games and Emerging Media, Marist College


    Teachers College/Columbia, EdD, Communication, Media & Learning Technologies Design
  • 2005 
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S., Comparative Media Studies
  • 1999 
    Amherst College, B.A., Psychology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    Templeton World Charity Grant
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