Kari Kraus (karimkraus at gmail dot com) is an associate professor in the College of Information Studies and the Department of English at the University of Maryland. Her research and teaching interests focus on new media and the digital humanities, digital preservation, game studies and transmedia storytelling, and speculative design. She was a local Co-PI on two grants for preserving virtual worlds; the PI on an IMLS Digital Humanities Internship grant; and, with Derek Hansen, the Co-Principal Investigator of an NSF grant to study Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) and transmedia storytelling in the service of education and design. Her latest transmedia work is likewise funded by the NSF. With Min Wu and Doug Oard, she Co-PIed “Exploring Invisible Traces in Historic Recordings,” a project that applied audio forensics techniques to help recover provenance information about undated recordings.

Kraus has written for the New York Times and the Huffington Post, and her work has been mentioned in the Atlantic, Baltimore Public Radio, The Salt Lake Tribune, Huffington Post, Gamasutra, Wired, and the Long Now Foundation. In 2015 she entered into a Space Act Agreement with NASA (really!). She is writing a book about how artists, designers, and humanities researchers think about, model, and design possible futures. A copy of her CV can be found here.