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Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies

James Paul Gee is a member of the National Academy of Education.  His book Sociolinguistics and Literacies (1990, Third Edition 2007) was one of the founding documents in the formation of the “New Literacy Studies”, an interdisciplinary field devoted to studying language, learning, and literacy in an integrated way in the full range of their cognitive, social, and cultural contexts.  His book An Introduction to Discourse Analysis (1999, Second Edition 2005) brings together his work on a methodology for studying communication in its cultural settings, an approach that has been widely influential over the last two decades.

Professor Gee’s most recent books deal with video games, language, and learning.  What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy (2003, Second Edition 2007) argues that good video games are designed to enhance learning through effective learning principles supported by research in the Learning Sciences.  Situated Language and Learning (2004) places video games within an overall theory of learning and literacy and shows how they can help us in thinking about the reform of schools.  His most recent book is Good Video Games and Good Learning: Collected Essays (2007).  Professor Gee has published widely in journals in linguistics, psychology, the social sciences, and education.

Research interest

I am interested in the linguistic, cognitive, and sociocultural foundations of learning in literacy with an emphasis on digital media.  I work as well in the area of discourse analysis in linguistics.

Research expertise
  • Gaming
  • Learning
  • Literacy
  • Sociolinguistics
Regents' Professor

James Paul Gee was awarded the highest faculty honor at ASU by being named a Regents' Professor for his pioneering research into the linguistic, cognitive and sociocultural foundations of learning and literacy, with a recent emphasis on digital media. His research is leading to new directions in reforming schools at all levels. https://asunews.asu.edu/20131202-asu-regents-professors


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Anthropology and Education Quarterly

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International Multilingual Research Journal

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Journal of Educational Psychology

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Reading Research Quarterly

Selected publications

Gee, James Paul (2013). The anti-education era: Creating smarter students through digital learning. New York: Palgrave/Macmillan.

Gee, J. P. & Handford, M. (Eds.). (2012).  The Routledge handbook of discourse analysis. London: Routledge.

Gee, James Paul & Hayes, Elisabeth R. (2011).  Language and learning in the digital age.  London: Routledge.

Gee, James Paul (2011).  Social linguistics and literacies: Ideology in discourses (4th ed.). London: Taylor & Francis.

Gee, James Paul & Hayes, Elisabeth R. (2010).  Women and gaming: The Sims and 21st century learning.  New York: Palgrave/Macmillan.

Gee, James Paul (2010). How to do discourse analysis: A toolkit.  London: Routledge.

Gee, James Paul (2010).  An introduction to discourse analysis: Theory and method (3rd ed.).  London: Routledge.