Samara Hayley Steele is a Provost’s Fellow and PhD student in Cultural Studies at UC Davis. She is also a research affiliate with the Humanities and Critical Code Studies (HaCCS) Lab at the University of Southern California where she studies emerging media forms.
As part of the alter-globalization movement since 1999, Steele has been a part of a number of organizing projects including the Oakland Omni Commons, Occupy the Farm, and PLACE for Sustainable Living.
She has also been a practitioner, gamerunner, and maker of interactive narrative media since 2002, and she is a larpwright of Thermophiles in Love (2016), a five-gender dating game that has been featured in the gallery of the annual conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA). Holding an MFA in Creative Writing from Portland State University, she is a former development director for Land Action, an Oakland-based mutual aid network for land-based adverse possession projects.