Dr. Cathlena Martin is the assistant professor of Game Studies and Design at the University of Montevallo.
She coordinates the Games Studies and Design program, teaching GSD classes such as History of Games, Survey of Modern Games and Game Design Workshop. She has also taught young adult and children’s literature in the Department of English and Foreign Languages. She holds a B.A. and a B.S. from Samford University and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida.
Dr. Martin researches game-based learning, the history of games and game design, focusing primarily on tabletop games. Her specialization is children’s literature and games. Her publications include chapters in edited collections on topics such as Peter Pan and video games, play in Ender’s Game, and game adaptation from children’s texts. She has published co-authored articles with Dr. Benton Tyler on the influence of table-top role-playing games on board and card games and gamification through character creation.
She also serves as Director of the Honors Program.