Amanda Ochsner

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Amanda Ochsner is a postdoctoral research associate at the Pullias Center for Higher Education in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. There she is working on the Pullias Center’s First in the World grant, exploring a game-based intervention designed to teach California high school students about the process of applying for college and financial aid. Amanda recently finished her PhD in the Digital Media program in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work explores how playing games, participating in game communities, and designing games are good for learning. Her most recent research examines game design practices, from kids’ first exposure to programming and prototyping to the long-term learning trajectories of experienced game designers. After working in games journalism and becoming frustrated by the quality of the games marketed to girls, Amanda is motivated to find ways to get more girls and women engaged with games, programming, and design.