Year Started


Ph.D. Physics, The University of Texas, Austin, TX, 2016

B.S. Physics and B.A. Classical Studies, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, 2005

Creative Expression

Creative Expression Statement

My creative work is focused on exploring and developing systems and in particularly how those systems interact with narrative. My choice of media ranges from video games and board games to works of interactive fiction. I pay particular attention to interrogating the conventions of the medium, exploring what is taken for granted, and twisting that in a way that drives the storytelling. 

Game books like Happy Fun Activity Book, and Awakening Aboard the Anastasia, explore ideas of cheating or seeing other passages and makes that integral to their play. What Lies Beyond the Standing Stone plays with the idea of using loops in the text to simulate combat rather than tracking numbers, and it also attempts to hide its game mechanics completely within the story. Other projects like Harrowing Adventures explores the limits and affordances of multiplayer storytelling. My artwork for the upcoming board game Tenebrus expresses the storytelling moments of the game with a special consideration for doing it in a way that explains the specific mechanics in that moment.

Publications & Articles


Positron Beams as Effective Nondestructive Tools for the Semiconductor Industry, Fink, Johnson, Nguyen, Electronic Device Failure Analysis Vol. 19, No. 3 (2017)

Flash Lamp Annealing of Tungsten Surfaces Marks a New Way to Optimized Slow Positron Yields, Anwand, Johnson, Butterling, Wagner, Skorupa, and Brauer, Jour. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 443 (2013)

First Experiments with MePS, Jungmann, Haberle, Krause-Rehberg, Anwand, Butterling, Wagner, Johnson and T.E. Cowan, Jour. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 443 (2013) 



"Asteroids Meets Snake: Facing New Design Challenges When Mashing Up Old Video Games," 2024 Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference, February 2nd, 2024, Albuquerque, NM

"Improving Slow Positron Yields”, Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar, The University of Texas, 2015

“The Annihilation of Positrons in Matter”, Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar, Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Dresen Germany, 2012

“Fundamentally Re-designing Labs for Physics 117M,” Physics Teaching Forum, The University of Texas, 2010 


Creative Works

Harrowing Adventures Game Demonstration, NarraScope 2019, June 15th & 16th, 2019, Cambridge, MA

Harrowing Adventures Game Demonstration, SXSW Gaming,  March 16th, 2019, Austin, TX

Harrowing Adventures Game Demonstration, DreamHack Austin, June 2nd, 2018, Austin, TX

Harrowing Adventures Game Demonstration, SXSW Gaming, March 16th, 2018,  Austin, TX

Harrowing Adventures Game Demonstration, Game On!, November 30th, 2017, The Bob Bullock Museum, Austin, TX

Department Group

School Group

School of Arts and Humanities