Carly A. Kocurek and Jennifer L. Miller
Carly A. Kocurek and Jennifer L. Miller founded and jointly direct the Developmental Media Lab. The lab represents a cross-disciplinary collaboration grounded in both Kocurek's expertise in media and game studies and Miller's in developmental psychology. Their collaboration is characterized by a interdisciplinary, community focused approach that seeks not only to understand and optimize children's media, but also to ensure that parents, educators, media producers, and other stakeholders are engaged in the research process and have access to published work.
Kocurek is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and Media Studies and Director of Media Studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Her work has appeared in journals such as Game Studies, Visual Culture, Technical Communication Quarterly, and numerous anthologies. She is the author of Coin-Operated Americans: Rebooting Boyhood at the Video Game Arcade (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) and Brenda Laurel: Pioneering Games for Girls (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2017). With Jennifer deWinter, she co-founded and co-edits the Influential Game Designers book series for Bloomsbury. She is also a game designer particularly interested in games as a medium for serious and educational purposes. Her games have been exhibited nationally and internationally.
Miller is Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of Undergraduate Programs. Her research focuses on the development of communication in complex social networks. Specifically, she is interested in examining how an individual’s social environment influences vocal and social development to produce effective communicative skills. To examine complex social interactions, she routinely uses social network analysis and has conducted analyses across a number of disciplines including rehabilitation psychology, developmental psychology, animal behavior, and industrial/organizational psychology. Her work has been published by journals including Infancy, First Language, Infant Behavior & Development, Developmental Psychobiology, and Animal Behavior.