Associate Professor of Game Design and Development
I am currently an Associate Professor of Game Design & Development at Quinnipiac University. I teach many of the game design and development classes in our program. My research encompasses both traditional journal publications about games – especially about the intersections between games, gender and technology—and applied game development. I am currently working on a game that educates adolescents and collects data about family planning development in India (familyplanninggame.qu.edu)
Ph.D., 2003 Media & Communications, European Graduate School, Leuk Stadt, Switzerland, M.S., 2000, Immersive Mediated Environments, Telecommunications
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
M.L.S., 1997, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, Bloomington B.A. 1983, English Literature, Williams College, Williamstown, MA.
GDD 101 Intro to Game Design, GDD 210 Game Lab I, GDD 211 Game Lab II, GDD 201 Game Design I, GDD 301, Game Design II, GDD 260 History of Videogames, GDD 175 Interactive Narrative, GDD 396 Games, Learning and Society, GDD 495 Senior Project and Seminar Capstone
My most recent analytical paper is entitled So close you can feel her: Prostitution, proximity and empathy in Grand Theft Auto 5. It considers that possibility that a game that is notorious for encouraging bad behavior, actually can make players feel empathy for game characters and their experiences. I am curious about how games represent gender, sexuality, and human relationships and how we can use this understanding to design games to encourage pro-social behavior. I apply this analysis in the games that I build. I and my team work with scientists, artists and healthcare professionals on a variety of games that incentivize players to seek and achieve positive behavioral change. Motivated by my experiences in using games to address previously intractable problems, I study ways in which interactive technologies can guide players towards better decision-making based on accurate knowledge. I specialize in leveraging current technologies to produce low-cost 2D games that can be delivered over the most accessible device for the target audience.
Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
Theater Program Director
Kevin Daly is a playwright and the Director of the Theater Program at Quinnipiac University. To date, he has written sixteen full-length plays. His work is represented by The Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency.
Kevin’s full-length drama, In Kings and Fools (a finalist for the 2011 Woodward/Newman Award) received a world premiere production in May 2017 as the winner of the Panndora’s Box New Works Festival in Long Beach, California. The script was initially developed at The Manhattan Theatre Club in NYC.
His full-length comedy, Where is Everybody? (finalist for the Reva Shiner Award ’16 and the Hope on Stage Award ’16) was the winner of the 2016 Neil Simon Festival New Play Contest. It was later presented at The Windy City Playhouse in Chicago.
His ten minute comedy, The Kitty Bomb was a finalist for the Heideman Award. It was presented at the William Inge Festival (’18) and the ATHE Conference (’18) before receiving a World Premiere Production at the New York New Works Festival (’18).
Kevin’s professional credits include the Manhattan Theatre Club, Aston Rep, The Barrow Group, Santa Fe Playhouse, Curious Frog Theatre Company, 5th Letter Productions, The Neil Simon Festival, Panndora Productions, The Windy City Playhouse, The William Inge Festival, and JET Ensemble Theatre. His plays have been named semi-finalists for the National Play Conference at the O’Neill (’10,’11,’13,’14, ’19), winner of the Neil Simon Festival New Play Contest (’16), runner-up for the Bottle Tree Inc. Playwriting Prize (’14), finalist for the Kitchen Dog Theatre New Works Festival (’14), finalist for the Woodward Newman Drama Award (’11, ‘15), finalist for the Reva Shiner Award (’16), semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival (’12), and finalist for the Julie Harris Playwriting Award (’09).
Kevin received his MFA in playwriting from Indiana University. He is a full member of the Dramatists Guild.
Kevin teaches: DR 350 (playwriting), DR 181 (long-form improv), DR 410 (senior seminar), DR 370 (internship, professional experience, conservatory in theater).