Associate Professor of Anthropology
College of Letters & Science, University of Wisconsin
Thomas Malaby is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has published numerous works on virtual worlds, games, practice theory, and risk. His principal research interest is in the relationships among modernity, unpredictability, and technology, particularly as they are realized through games and game-like processes. He is the author of Making Virtual Worlds: Linden Lab and Second Life (Cornell University Press), an ethnographic treatment of Linden Lab and its relationship to its creation, Second Life. It examines how ethics are encoded and emergent in the production of complex online synthetic worlds and the implications of this for governance and modern institutions. He is also a featured author at the Terra Nova Blog.
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