Department of English Language and Literature and the College
Patrick Jagoda specializes in new media studies, 20th-century American literature, and digital game theory and design. Specifically, his scholarship examines how contemporary American fiction, film, television, and digital media aestheticize global networks (including terrorist networks, economic systems, and computer webs). His publications appear in such journals as Critical Inquiry, Social Text, Post45, and Neo-Victorian Studies, as well as such edited volumes as The American Novel 1870–1940 and Cyberspace and National Security. He is also a co-editor of Critical Inquiry.
Jagoda has worked on several projects related to digital storytelling, transmedia game design, and new media learning. He is the cofounder (with Melissa Gilliam) of the ongoing Game Changer Chicago initiative, a project that uses transmedia game production to promote participatory and systems-oriented forms of health learning aimed at adolescents.
Jagoda received his PhD in English from Duke University in 2010 and was a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago from 2010–12. He received his BA from Pomona College in English and philosophy in 2004.
Jagoda joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2012.