Ethan Watrall


Ethan Watrall is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Associate Director of Matrix: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters & Social Sciences Online (matrix.anthropology.edu) at Michigan State University. In addition, Ethan is Director of the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative (chi.matrix.msu.edu) and the Cultural Heritage Informatics Fieldschool at Michigan State University (sites.matrix.msu.edu/chi-fieldschool). Ethan’s interests fall in the domain of cultural heritage informatics, with particular focus on digital archaeology and serious games & meaningful play for cultural heritage learning and engagement. Ethan is PI of the NEH funded "Red Land/Black Land: Teaching Ancient Egyptian History Through Game-Based Learning" project as well as co-PI of the NEH funded "Pox and the City: A Digital Role-Playing Game for the History of Medicine" project. In addition, Ethan is co-editor of Archaeology 2.0: New Tools for Communication and Collaboration, an open access volume published by the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press. In addition to his scholarly work, Ethan has written trade books on web and interactive design, including Head First Web Design published by O’Reilly.