Colleen Macklin


Colleen Macklin is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Design and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City and Director of PETLab (Prototyping Evaluation, Teaching and Learning lab), a joint project of Games for Change and Parsons focused on developing new games, simulations, and play experiences which encourage experimental learning and investigation into social and global issues. PETLab projects are currently supported by MacArthur’s Digital Media and Learning initiative, Microsoft, and MTV. She has led social media projects and programs with partners such as the United Nations and Open Society Institute (OSI), including a design fieldwork program connecting Parsons students with OSI’s Public Health programs in Africa and the former Soviet Union. In 2006–2007, Colleen was a fellow at the India China Institute at the New School, investigating the use of mobile phones and location-based media in urban design with support from Nokia. Macklin has also designed websites and interactive applications for clients such Citibank, France Telecom, and Moët, and DJed and VJed at site-specific venues and for cultural institutions such as SoundLab, The Whiney Museum for American Art, and Creative Time. Colleen has a BFA in media arts from Pratt Institute, and did graduate studies in computer science at CUNY and in international affairs at The New School.

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