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Noah Wardrip-Fruin

Professor of Computational Media, University of California, Santa Cruz

Noah Wardrip-Fruin is the author of How Pac-Man Eats (2020) and a Professor of Computational Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He co-directs the Expressive Intelligence Studio, a technical and cultural research group, with Michael Mateas.

He has also authored or co-edited five other books on games and digital media for the MIT Press, including The New Media Reader (2003), a book influential in the development of interdisciplinary digital media curricula.

Noah's collaborative playable media projects, including Screen and Talking Cure, have been presented by the Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Krannert Art Museum, Hammer Museum, and a wide variety of festivals and conferences.

Noah holds both a PhD (2006) and an MFA (2003) from Brown University.


  • 2015–present
    Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz


  • 2006 
    Special Graduate Study at Brown University, Ph.D.
  • 2003 
    Literary Arts at Brown University, M.F.A.
  • 2000 
    Gallatin School at New York University, M.A.
  • 1994 
    Johnston Center at the University of Redlands, B.A.