David Simkins graduated from Earlham College with BAs in philosophy and history. He spent 2 years in post-graduate study as a PhD candidate in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Department of Philosophy before joining an educational technology company. In 2001 he created Riverrun Communications, Inc., to develop online and offline instruction and to provide institutional support for child welfare social workers. In 2004, he joined the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Curriculum and Instruction and received his Master’s in 2007. In his PhD work, he researches role play and its role in the development of ethical reasoning.