Peter McDonald

Assistant Professor

McDonald, Peter

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Peter McDonald is an Assistant Professor of Design, Creative, and Informal Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UW-Madison and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His research explores the ways people interpret play and playful behavior as meaning-making activities, the design practices that can support critical engagement through play, and the historical contexts of playfulness. McDonald uses practice-based design research to build and study experimental forms of play, including alternate reality games, augmented reality games, and roleplaying games. His interests include play theory, media theory, feminist and queer methodologies, design research, and hermeneutics.


  • PhD English Literature, University of Chicago, 2018
  • MA English Literature, Simon Fraser University, 2010
  • BA English Literature, University of British Columbia, 2009

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