About Ashley & Her Research

Ashley ML Brown is an assistant professor of Entertainment Arts and Engineering at the University of Utah. She teaches Games User Research, Game Design and supervises student projects. She is also a research fellow at the Therapeutic Games and Applications Lab.

When she isn’t researching or teaching, she volunteers her time with professional organisations. She is a member of the University of Utah’s Institutional Review Board and is the fundraising lead for the Games User Research Summit. Recently, she was appointed to the Global Game Jam executive board.

She completed her PhD at the University of Manchester in sociology in autumn 2013 before going on to teach and win awards at Brunel University London. She is the author of the book Sexuality in Role-Playing Games and helped edit The Dark Side of Game Play. For a full list of publications, please click here.

In the past, Ashley volunteered as secretary for the Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) 2014-2016 and was a founding member of the UK chapter of DiGRA. 

She is also a dog-mom to two Belgian Malinios rescue dogs- Digby and Isabelle.



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