Persephone Blue Rivas-Berge

Pronouns: they/her

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Faculty of Arts - Media Tech Studies (MTS)

Faculty of Arts - Womens & Gender Studies


Area of Study / Keywords

Game Design Trans Media Studies Indie Games Tabletop Roleplaying Games Feminist Platform Studies


Dr. Persephone Blue Rivas-Berge ("PS Berge" or just "PB") is an award-winning media scholar, game designer, and self-described ludoarsonist. 🔥 They are an Assistant Professor of Experimental Game Design and is cross-appointed in the Media & Technology Studies Program and the Department of Women's and Gender Studies. She is also the director of the Discord Academic Research Community and a co-founder of Tabletop Research in Practice. Their research concerns the so-called "unplayable," trans game design, feminist platform studies, and toxic technocultures. Their work can be found in New Media & Society, Game Studies, Feminist Media Studies, The Journal of Cinema and Media Studies and more.


DH 530 - Topics in Building in Context

MST 350 - Understanding Video Games

Beginning with an exploration of games in general and leading to modern video games. Prerequisite: CMPUT 250 or consent of the Program. Not open to students with credit in STS 350, STS 351, or MST 351.

MST 399 - Special Topics in Media Studies

Prerequisite: MST 100 or consent of the Program Administrator.

WGS 470 - Sexualities: Special Topics

This course offers advanced examination of selected issues in sexuality studies. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WGS course, or consent of department.

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Featured Publications

David Kocik, P. S. Berge, Camille Butera, Celeste Oon, Michael Senters

Transformative Works and Cultures. 2024 March; 10.3983/twc.2024.2497

Daniel G Heslep, PS Berge

New Media & Society. 2024 January; 10.1177/14614448211062548

PS Berge

Games and Culture. 2023 October; 10.1177/15554120231204145

PS Berge

Feminist Media Studies. 2023 July; 10.1080/14680777.2023.2231655

Proceedings of the 2022 DiGRA International Conference: Bringing Worlds Together. 2022 July;

PS Berge, Daniel Cox, Jack Murray, Anastasia Salter

2022 January; 10.1007/978-3-031-22298-6_32

Game Studies. 2021 December;

Interactive Storytelling. 2021 December; 10.1007/978-3-030-92300-6_16

AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research. 2021 September; 10.5210/spir.v2021i0.11869

Proceedings of the 32st ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media. 2021 August; 10.1145/3465336.3475094

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