Kurt Squire

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Kurt Squire
Kurt Squire.jpg
Born Kurt Squire
Fields Education
Game-based learning
Institutions University of Wisconsin–Madison
Alma mater University of Indiana
Known for Game-based learning
Spouse Constance Steinkuehler

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.

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.

Selected Works[edit]

Squire has written over 30 articles and book chapters, and is credited on various games such as Sid Meier's Civilization IV.

  • Squire, K. (2011). Video Games and Learning: Teaching and Participatory Culture in the Digital Age. New York, NY: Teachers College Pres. ISBN 0807751987
  • Shaffer, D. W., Squire, K. R., Halverson, R., & Gee, J. P. (2005). Video games and the future of learning. Phi Delta Kappan, 87(2), 104-111. Citeseer. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/20441942

Public Appearances[edit]

Squire has given talks at dozens of international conferences, with his current research focusing on the impact of contemporary gaming practices on learning, schooling and society.

Major appearances include:

  • PBS, "The video game revolution" [1]
  • NBC, Spring 2004, "Games in the Classroom" [2]
  • Salon.com "Pulling the Trigger on Saddam," November 12, 2002. [3]
  • Wired.com, "PS2, I'm Not Sure I Love You", January 9, 2001 [4]
  • Boston Globe, "Pirates and Physics Tackled in MIT Game", March 14, 2002. [5]


Squire married Dr. Constance Steinkuehler on January 13, 2006. They live and work in Madison, Wisconsin.


Squire is also a musician, playing harmonica on albums such as The Mary Janes Record, No. 1.