Dmitri Williams is an associate professor at USC Annenberg, where he teaches courses on technology and society, games and data analytics. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2004. His research focuses on the social and economic impacts of new media, with a focus on online games. He works actively with game companies and startups. Williams was the first researcher to use online games for experiments and to undertake longitudinal research on video games. He continues to study the psychology of online populations, with projects involving community, identity, sexuality and economics.
He has published in the Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Communication Monographs and others. His work has also been featured in several major media outlets, including NPR, CNN, the Economist, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Sun-Times and others. Williams testified before the U.S. Senate on video games and has served as an expert witness and consultant in federal court cases.
“Viral Vitriol: Predictors and Contagion of Online Toxicity in World of Tanks,” co-author (Computers in Human Behavior, 2020).
“Racism, Responsibility and Autonomy in HCI: Testing Perceptions of an AI Agent,” co-author (Computers in Human Behavior, 2020).
“Women Keep it Real: Avatar Gender Choice in League of Legends,” co-author (CyberPsychology and Behavior, 2019).
“Third Places in the Ether Around Us: Layers on the Real World,” co-author (Dolley, J. & Bosman, C. Rethinking Third Places: Informal Public Spaces and Community Building, 2019).
“For better or worse: Game structure and mechanics driving social interactions and isolation,” author (In Ferguson, C. Video Game Influences on Aggression, Cognition, and Attention, 2018).
COMM 662: Video Games Research
CMGT 537: The Industry, Science and Culture of Video Games