Catherine LeBlanc

Professor of Digital Media and Chair

BA, Dartmouth College; MS and PhD, Florida State University
Phone: 603-535-3122

Office: Hyde 235B


About Professor LeBlanc

Cathie LeBlanc was born and raised in Goffstown, NH. She received her BA from Dartmouth College in 1985 and her MS and PhD from Florida State University in 1995 and 1997 respectively, all in Computer Science. Before entering academia, she worked as a software developer for a small consulting firm working with Fortune 500 companies all over the world. She also worked for a small non-profit as a grant writer and fundraiser for a couple of years. She has been at Plymouth State University since 1998, first in the Computer Science and Technology Department, and since 2006, in the Communication and Media Studies Department, becoming chair of the department in 2011. Her current research focuses digital media and game studies with a special interest on the ways in which culture is changed and influenced by technology.

Selected publications

Online Games as Identity Performance Spaces, forthcoming, 2012.

Fear and Loathing in Second Life: Body Surveillance in the Online Community, Simulation in Media and Culture: Believing the Hype, edited by Robin DeRosa, Lexington Books: New York, NY, 2011.

Social Media Games and the Performance of Self, Videogame Studies: Concepts, Cultures and Communication, edited by Monica Evans, ID Press: Oxford, England, 2011.

Project-Based Software Engineering: An Object-Oriented Approach (co-authored with Evelyn Stiller), Addison Wesley Longman: Boston, MA, 2001.

Awards or recognition

Theo Kalikow Award, Plymouth State University, 2012.

Campus Compact President’s Steward Award, Plymouth State University, 2012.

Faculty Distinguished Service Award, 2011.

Courses Regularly Taught

Creating Games

Introduction to Game Design and Development

Senior Seminar

Introduction to Media and Cultural Studies

Introduction to Communication

First Year Seminar