Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Humanities
Division of Literature and Languages
John Sanders is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Reed College, where he teaches courses in film, new media, and the humanities. He received his PhD from Syracuse University, where he studied classical Hollywood film, literary theory, popular culture, and digital and analog games. His current research project lays the groundwork for a theory of literary game adaptations and investigates the ways in which the process of turning canonical works into playable, expressive systems can change our perspectives on (and engagement with) not only classic texts, but textuality as a whole. As an educator, John has worked as a curriculum developer and site director for summer enrichment programs, where he designed and taught courses on technical skills, game design, and worldbuilding for younger students. His work has appeared in journals such as gamevironments and First Person Scholar, academic conferences including the Literature/Film Association and SCMS, and public fora such as PAX East.