Noah Wardrip-Fruin is a Professor of Computational Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
With Michael Mateas he directs the Expressive Intelligence Studio, a technical and cultural research group that creates experimental games such as Prom Week (2012), The Ice-Bound Concordance (2016), and Bad News (2016).
With Pat Harrigan, he edited a series of books that contributed to the development of game studies — First Person (2004), Second Person (2007), and Third Person (2009). Other books include The New Media Reader (2003), edited with Nick Montfort, and Expressive Processing (2009).
He led the design of three interdisciplinary graduate programs, including the PhD in Computational Media at UC Santa Cruz, which welcomed its first students in Fall 2017.
He holds a B.A. from the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands, an M.A. from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, an M.F.A. from the Literary Arts program of Brown University, and a Ph.D. in Special Graduate Study, also from Brown.