James Gee

Regents' Professor and Fulton Presidential Chair of Literature Studies

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.

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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
  • Achievement Gap 
  • Assessment
  • Cognitive and Neurosciences
  • Cognitive Processes/Development
  • Comprehension
  • Computers and Learning
  • Discourse Processes and Studies
  • Engagement
  • Equity
  • Identity
  • Information Processing
  • Instructional Practices
  • Instructional Technology
  • Language Comprehension/Development
  • Language Processes
  • Learning from Experience
  • Learning Processes/Strategies
  • Linguistics
  • Literacy
  • Media
  • Motivation
  • Narrative
  • Out-of-School Learning
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Popular Culture
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Psychology
  • Reading
  • Research Methodology
  • Science Education
  • Situated Learning
  • Social Change
  • Social Class
  • Social Context
  • Social Justice
  • Social Processes/Development
  • Social Stratification
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Student Cognition
  • Student Knowledge
  • Systems Thinking
  • Teacher Knowledge (cultural/content/pedagogical)
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Technology
  • Universities
  • Video Games
  • Vocabulary
Awards
  • Award Title: 

    Regents' Professor

    Presented by: 

    Arizona State University

    Award Description: 

    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

  • Award Title: 

    Game Changer Award

    Presented by: 

    Games for Change

    Award Description: 

    James Paul Gee received the “Game Changer Award” at the 11th annual Games for Change awards ceremony on April 23, 2014. The award recognizes significant, global contributions of individuals who inspire and mentor new generations of game creators and researchers.  http://www.gamesforchange.org/festival/program/games-for-change-awards/
     

  • Award Title: 

    2014 AERA Fellow

    Presented by: 

    American Educational Research Association
Selected Publications
  • Publication Type: 

    Book

    Citation: 

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

  • Publication Type: 

    Book

    Citation: 

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

  • Publication Type: 

    Book

    Citation: 

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

  • Publication Type: 

    Book

    Citation: 

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

  • Publication Type: 

    Book

    Citation: 

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

  • Publication Type: 

    Book

    Citation: 

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

  • Publication Type: 

    Book

    Citation: 

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

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