About Me

Shawn Clybor

Hello! I am an educator, instructional designer, and game designer living near New York, NY. When I am not creating things, you can find me shooting photos somewhere out in the world.

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I am a game designer, instructional designer, and educator with expertise in learning theory, game-based learning, and game studies. I started my career as a historian of Modern Eastern Europe (Ph.D. Northwestern U) with a minor in Intellectual History. After three years as a Visiting Assistant Professor, I spent over a decade innovating approaches to teaching history, game design, and media literacy.

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Since 2013, I have also worked as a game designer and translator at Charles Games in Prague, where I helped develop two educational serious games that have won numerous awards, including best learning game at Games for Change, most amazing game at A MAZE, and a nomination for excellence in narrative at the Independent Games Festival (IGF).

With Charles Games at IGF

Over the years, I have written and published on a range of topics, including game-based curriculum design, video game design, Socialist Realism, and political satire. I’ve received teaching and research grants from the US Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays), American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), Woodrow Wilson Institute, and Roberta Buffett Center at Northwestern.