Department of Media and Information
Elizabeth LaPensée, Ph.D. expresses herself through writing, design, and art in games, transmedia, comics, and animation. She is Anishinaabe, Métis, and Irish, living near the Great Lakes as an Assistant Professor ofMedia & Information and Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures at Michigan State University.
Most recently, she designed and created art for Honour Water (2016), an Anishinaabe singing game for healing the water. She designed and programmed Invaders (2015), a remix of the arcade classic Space Invaders inspired by art from Steven Paul Judd. She also designed The Gift of Food (2014), a board game for the Northwest Indian College about Northwest Native traditional foods. She most recently developed Thunderbird Strike, a lightning-searing side-scroller which won Best Digital Media at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival 2017.
Early on, she was a Research Assistant for Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace and continues to contribute as a Research Affiliate in the Initiative for Indigenous Futures. Her dissertation in Interactive Arts and Technology from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia shares experiences from the Indigenous social impact game Survivance (2011), which encourages ongoing healing through storytelling and creating art. Soon after, she was a Postdoctoral Associate for the University of Minnesota’s Research for Indigenous Community Health Center. Her ongoing work addresses the intersections of media, culture, and healing.