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Joanna Cuttell

Hello and welcome to my ePortfolio.

I recently obtained my PhD in Sociology, which was undertaken in the Sociology Department at the University of Warwick. My research interests include immersion, affect, and ethics in video games.

I graduated from The University of Manchester with a BA in Chinese Studies (2010) and an MA in Contemporary China (2011). Whilst pondering where to take my studies next, I had an epiphany when I realised that I could research anything I found interesting; perhaps even something I was involved with day-to-day in my personal life. This is how I moved into the field of games studies.

My thesis is titled "Trauma, Accumulation and Ethical Decision-making in Affective, Immersive Gaming" and was supervised by Prof. Deborah L. Steinberg and Dr Amy Hinterberger.

I was fortunate enough to be awarded a departmental bursary as well as other funding from The Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust and Funds for Women Graduates. Over the last four years I have taught on several modules within the department and am now working as a teaching fellow in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (please find my new profile here).

As well as being a gamer, I like to spend my free time singing, practising ashtanga yoga, playing the lever harp, cooking, dress-making, and caring for my many guinea pigs.



J dot R dot Russell-Cuttell at warwick dot ac dot uk