Althea Delwiche, Ph.D.
- Professor , Communication
Althea Delwiche (Ph.D. University of Washington) is a Professor in the Department of Communication at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She teaches courses on topics such as virtual world development, transmedia storytelling and mobile gaming.
Delwiche's research is driven by the recognition that our world is being rapidly transformed by participatory knowledge cultures in which people work together to collectively classify, organize, synthesize, and create ideas in radically new ways. The co-editor of the 2012 Participatory Cultures Handbook, her recent publications include a chapter on transmedia storytelling in the anthology The Rise of Transtexts: Challenges and Opportunities, a book chapter about the history of computer bulletin board systems in The Sage Handbook of Social Media, and an article about digital comics preservation for the journal First Monday. Althea is currently working with an undergraduate Mellon recipient to investigate how virtual worlds can be used to promote empathy and capture oral histories that might otherwise be forgotten.
In 2007, Althea served as co-chair of an international, interdisciplinary conference (State of Play: Building the Global Metaverse) that explored the implications of transnational virtual worlds. With support from the Martha, David & Bagby Lennox Foundation, she organized the 2010 seminar series "Reality Hackers: The Next Wave of Media Revolutionaries" and the 2017 seminar series titled "Propaganda and Political Persuasion."