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Prof. Noel Brett

Office Hours:
Thursdays, 1:30 – 2:20pm

Noel Brett is a PhD candidate in Computer Science at McMaster University. They are an interdisciplinary scholar who teaches the upper-level inquiry course ARTSSCI 4ST3 / Selected Topics in Inquiry with a focus on game design and culture. Their research ranges from theoretical mathematics and programming languages to game design and sociology. Their work looks to unravel the histories of queer oppression in games and explores avenues to form digital practices to create queer resistances. They have published in venues like Television & New Media as well as the proceedings of the Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA). Moreover, their work has expanded into Far-Right studies, looking at the role of game design in creating digital sites for players to practice harmful politics. Noel has published this research in the book Rise of the Far Right: Technologies of Recruitment and Mobilization.

Noel received their Bachelors of Applied Sciences at McMaster University. They also teach Computer Graphics in the Computing and Software Department at McMaster, and are part of the Diversity Working group for DiGRA. In this group, Noel and their colleagues host yearly workshops which aim to diversify video game design and video game studies. Noel also hosts and plans the “Planting Roots” event at McMaster which welcomes and connects queer students into the McMaster community.