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Academic Biography

Dr Tonguc Sezen is a Lecturer in Transmedia Production at Teesside University. He has 20 years of experience in researching and teaching digital media in various higher education institutions around the world. Before joining Teesside, he has been a research assistant at Istanbul University, Department of Film and Television in Turkey, a Fulbright Scholar at Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Digital Media in the US, a research fellow at Rhein Waal University of Applied Sciences, Department of Media Informatics in Germany, and the founding department head and an Associate Professor in Game and Visual Communication Design at Istanbul Bilgi University, Game Design Department in Turkey. Over the years he thought modules on narrative design, transmedia franchises, video game histories, and design and creativity at undergraduate and graduate levels. His academic research focuses on the intersections of new technologies, design, and storytelling. Some keywords describing his academic interests are interactive narratives, transmedia storytelling, toy studies, and media franchises with a focus on world-building.  He edited books, wrote journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, and encyclopedia entries across this spectrum. He also contributed to various EU-funded research and innovation projects as a narrative and game designer.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Construction of Narrative in Digital Interactive Media, Istanbul University


Award Date: 15 Sep 2011

Master, Story and Character in Interactive Narratives, Istanbul University


Award Date: 15 Jul 2005

Bachelor, BA in Radio, TV, Cinema, Istanbul University


Award Date: 15 Jul 2002

External positions

Research Fellow, Hochschule Rhein-Waal

Sep 2017Feb 2020

Part-time Lecturer, Bahcesehir University

Jan 2017Jun 2017

Associate Professor, Istanbul Bilgi University

Mar 2013Sep 2018

Visiting Fulbright Researcher, Georgia Institute of Technology

Sep 2008Aug 2009

Research Assistant, Istanbul University

Sep 2002Mar 2013


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