Samara Hayley Steele is a Provost’s Fellow and PhD student in Cultural Studies at UC Davis. She is also an Advanced Research Affiliate with the Humanities and Critical Code Studies (HaCCS) Lab at the University of Southern California where she studies emerging media forms. Her recent work explores critical design methodologies in interactive narrative media.
Since 2002 she has participated in a number of larps as a player, gamerunner, and larpmaker. She has been part of the Slingshot Collective since 2011, and her background includes her work as Development Director for Land Action, a mutual aid organization for land-based adverse possession projects in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Steele holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Portland State University.