Mark Sample is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at George MasonUniversity, where is he also an affiliated faculty member with GMU’s undergraduate Honors College, its Cultural Studies doctoral program, and the Center for History and New Media. Professor Sample’s research focuses on contemporary fiction, electronic literature, and videogames. His examination of the representation of torture in videogames was recently published in Game Studies, and he is working on a collaboratively written book about the Commodore 64 home computer.

Professor Sample is also an outspoken advocate of open source pedagogy and open source research. In recognition of his commitment to innovation in teaching, Professor Sample was the recipient of George Mason’s 2010 Teaching Excellence Award.