Student NameJames J. Morgan
Faculty Mentor NamePeter Collings
CollegeLiberal Arts and Sciences
Research InterestsPerformance Theory, Selfhood, Game Design, Spirituality
Academic AwardsDavis Scholarship
Hobbies and InterestsHumanists on Campus, Gator Freethought

Research Project

Fictive Identity in Tabletop Roleplaying Games

This research will explore the experience of players in tabletop gaming, focusing particularly on how and why players create and enact fantasy personas (characters). Role-playing games give players the opportunity to create a fictive identity free from any constraints. My hope is that discovering how players use this opportunity will tell us something about how people create and maintain non-fictive identities.