Hi, I'm Marj! (pronouns: she/her).

I'm a researcher and a second-year Computational Media PhD student in the Alternative Learning Technologies & Games Lab at UC Santa Cruz.

I enjoy using analytical and creative methods to research my various interests across human-computer interaction (HCI) and games.

I'm primarily curious about the player experience of challenge and failure and their relation to learning. I explore research areas such as games user research (GUR), embodied interaction (XR), collaboration, and accessibility.

I believe games are a powerful medium to elicit enjoyable emotional experiences 🎮