Yasmin Kafai


Yasmin B. Kafai is an Associate Professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Before coming to UCLA, she worked at the MIT Media Laboratory and received her doctorate from Harvard University. She published one of the first accounts on children’s learning while making computer games in Minds in Play (1995). Supported by the National Science Foundation, she studies teen’s socializing, cheating, and learning in Whyville, an informal science site with over 1.5 million registered players, and develops media-rich programming environments with colleagues from the MIT Media Lab. President of the International Society of the Learning Sciences, she organized in 2006 the Girls ’n’ Games conference in Los Angeles and edited Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat: New Perspectives on Gender and Computer Games with Heeter, Denner, and Sun, to be published by MIT Press later this year.


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