Benjamin Stokes co-founded Games for Change, and served as a co-director until 2007. He is currently an Assistant Professor at American University, where he teaches and designs civic media with the AU Game Lab. Benjamin received his PhD at the Annenberg School for Communication at USC, where he investigated how digital media foster civic engagement, informal learning and activism. Previously, Benjamin served at the MacArthur Foundation as a program officer in their portfolio on Digital Media and Learning. He has taught at UC Berkeley in their School of Information. At the nonprofit NetAid, Benjamin led a design team that reached more than 150,000 youth in the fight on extreme poverty with games and e-training. At the ProQuest/Bigchalk educational publishers, Benjamin produced virtual field trips and research tools for their network of more than 43,000 high schools. His undergraduate research was in nanophysics, and he has also studied in Senegal at the University Gaston-Berger.