Dr. Kurt D. Squire (born July 10, 1972 in Valparaiso, Indiana) is an associate professor at University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Director of the Games, Learning & Society Initiative, best known for his research into game design for education.
He writes 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.
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.