Christian Thomas


Office Hours

Spring 2022 - please email for appointment

Office Location

South Hall 1401


Christian Thomas is a lecturer in the Writing Program and the Associate Director of the Center for Digital Games Research. He teaches Academic Writing (WRIT 2), Rome: The Game (WRIT W 6R/ARTHI W 6R), How Games Tell Stories (INT 36GS), Writing and the Research Process (WRIT 50), Multimedia Writing (WRIT 105M), Writing for Public Speaking (WRIT 105PS), and Writing about Film (WRIT 109F).


Selected grants, publications, and conference presentations:

  • Innovative Learning Technology Initiative grant ($94,000) in support of development of Rome: The Game (co-PI, 2019)
  • Interdisciplinary Humanities Collaborations in the Virtual Classroom grant (corecipient, 2019)
  • Mellon Engaging Humanities Faculty Fellowship (2019)
  • Arts Special Issue, The Art of Adaptation in Film and Video Games (editor, July 2022)
  • "Writing for Emotional Impact in Film and Video Games: Lessons in Character Development, Realism, and Interactivity from the Alien Media Franchise" (author, Arts, 2021)
  • "Interview: Acclaimed Game Designer Ryan Kaufman Discusses Telltale Games, Star WarsHarry Potter, and How Video Games Can Transform Us" (interviewer, Arts, 2021)
  • "Game Writing Meets Online Course Design" (presenter, University of California Writing Programs Conference, 2021)
  • "Teaching an Online Course as a Story-Based Game" (presenter, Engaging Teaching Symposium, 2020)
  • "VR Games for Learning" (presenter, The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation, 2019)
  • "Gaming in the Writing Classroom" (presenter, Writing Program Professional Events, 2019)
  • "Character Development in Horror Fiction & Film" (presenter, College of Creative Studies, UCSB, 2019)
  • "Interactive Writing" (presenter, Technology in Writing Converence, 2018)
  • "Video Game Production" (presenter, UCSB Career Services, 2018)