Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Elizabeth LaPensée
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Elizabeth LaPensée

Assistant Professor

Graduate Faculty

Office: CAS 430

Email: odamino@msu.edu

Twitter: @odaminowin

Website: http://www.elizabethlapensee.com/

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Research Areas

Indigenous Studies, Game Studies, Game Development, Comics


Elizabeth LaPensée, Ph.D. is an award-winning writer, designer, and artist of games, comics, transmedia, and animation. She is Anishinaabe, Métis, and Irish, living near the Great Lakes as an Assistant Professor of Media & Information and Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures at Michigan State University. Most recently, she designed and created art for Thunderbird Strike (2017), a side-scrolling lightning-searing attack on oil operations, as well as Honour Water (2016), an Anishinaabe singing game for healing the water. Her ongoing work was recognized with the Serious Games Community Leadership Award (2017).


Ph.D., Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University

Representative Work

LaPensée, Elizabeth. “Transformations and Remembrances in the Digital Game We Sing for Healing.” Transmotion 3.1. (2017): 89-108. Print.

LaPensée, Elizabeth. “Indigenous Board Game Design in The Gift of Food.” Analog Game Studies 3.2 (2016). Web.

Research or Academic Affiliations

American Indian and Indigenous Studies

Games for Entertainment and Learning Lab