Kurt Squire is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Educational Communications and Technology division of Curriculum and Instruction. He is also a research scientist at the Academic ADL Co-Lab and current director of the Games, Learning, and Society Initiative. He a co-director of The Learning Games Network, a research and service project investigating the educational potential of digital gaming. Squire earned his PhD from Indiana University in Instructional Systems Technology. His dissertation examined learning through playing Civilization III in three learning environments. He is also a former elementary and Montessori teacher. Squire's dissertation focused on how playing Civilization III mediated students' understandings of world history. Previously, he was research manager of the games-to-teach project at MIT. In 2000, he co-founded with Jon Goodwin joystick101.org, a web community studying game culture.