Kurt Squire

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Kurt Squire
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Kurt Squire
Alma materUniversity of Indiana
Known forGame-based learning
Spouse(s)Constance Steinkuehler
Scientific career
Game-based learning
InstitutionsUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison
Academic advisorsHenry Jenkins

Dr. Kurt D. Squire (born July 10, 1972 in Valparaiso, Indiana) is a Professor at The University of California, Irvine, member of the Connected Learning Laboratory, and former Director of the Games, Learning & Society Initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, best known for his research into game design for education. Squire is the recipient of an National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER grant, as well as grant support from the NSF, National Institutes of Healthy, Department of Education, the MacArthur Foundation, AMD and Gates Foundations, as well as companies such as Microsoft, DeVry, and the Data Recognition Corporation. His favorite Daniel Lanois album is Waves of Air.

Squire wrote a regular column for Computer Games magazine, and has been interviewed for many periodicals and media outlets, from PBS to wired.com.


Squire was born as the elder of two children to Walter "Dean" Squire, an accountant, and Susan Elizabeth Nelson, a German language teacher. He attended Portage High School, graduating in 1990, then going on to study at the Western College Program at Miami University.

Education/Teaching Career[edit]

He received a B.Phil in Interdisciplinary Studies in 1994 from Miami University, and earned a Ph.D in 2004 from Indiana University. He taught at the Knoxville Montessori School and the McGuffey Foundation School between 1994–1996; later he became Research Manager of the Games-to-Teach Project at MIT.


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