I’m thrilled to announce I’ve accepted a position at MIT as associate professor in Comparative Media Studies, starting in the fall. I’m very happy as well that they’ve agreed to also let me continue my previously planned visiting researcher gig at Microsoft Research New England with the Social Media group for the fall term. To get a chance to head back to Cambridge and work with the fantastic folks at MIT (and MSR-NE) is an amazing opportunity. I’m incredibly excited about this next professional step, so much good stuff is brewing! The last time I took a big leap, moving to Copenhagen, paid off more than I could have imagined and I’m hopeful this next jump will work out just as good!
That said, I’m very sad to be leaving amazing colleagues in Copenhagen. I was fortunate to get to join the ITU’s Center for Computer Games Research very early on – nine years ago! – and got to experience being in an exciting hub for game studies. It has often felt like a front row seat as we all dove into serious research on computer gaming. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have been involved with it. The people I’ve gotten to know – colleagues, students, visitors, and an amazing European academic community – has been the best part. It’s been a real privilege to work so closely with so many smart, generous, and fun people. Though I’m moving back across the Atlantic, I hope to keep lots of paths open between in my adopted Scandinavian home and my new adventure in Cambridge!