Headshot of Erica Principe Cruz
Headshot of Erica Principe Cruz


Erica Principe Cruz

Carnegie Mellon University


I am a Center for Transformational Play PhD student researcher and Human-Computer Interaction Institute PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University. I study how digital games and extended reality experiences can be designed as places that uplift marginalized communities by centering their joy, rest, and healing. I investigate and design playful computer-mediated counterspaces (or spaces that combat dominant culture) as places for cultivating personal methods of playful resistance against oppression. For more about my work (and joy, rest, and healing) and to connect, please visit my website here.