Gottlieb, Owen

Owen Gottlieb

AB  Dartmouth College, Film Studies

MA University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, Film and Television

MAHL Master of Hebrew Letters and Rabbinical Ordination Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, NY

ABD. Ph.D. in Education and Jewish Studies, Steinhardt, New York University, specialization Digital Media and Games for Learning

Part Time Lecturer, Education Studies


I am passionate about teaching and learning, about interest and curiosity, and the paths that learners find to new curiosity. Media and culture are often at the heart of my research, whether in researching a new game for learning or through researching the acquisition of cultural practices.
Courses Taught:

  • Theories of Teaching and Learning
Recent Publications:

  • 2013  Media Studies Orientations for Israel Education:  Lessons from In Treatment, Homeland and Z-Cars.  Journal of Jewish Education. (79:1) 2013. Pages 49-69.

  • 2013  You Can’t Wrap Herring in an iPad: Digitization of Sacred Jewish Books, the Stripping of Embodied Ritual, and Implications for Jewish Education.  CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly, Spring, 2013.  Pages 130-141.

  • 2013  Game Design Seedlings: ‘Multi-Dimensional’ Modeling  Sh’ma:  A Journal of Jewish Responsibility, February 2013/Adar 5773, pages 13-14.

  • 2012  An Agenda For Jewish Games For Learning.  Contact:  The Journal Of The Steinhardt Foundation For Jewish Life.  Autumn 2012/Cheshvan 5773 Volume 15 Number 1, page 9.


Office Hours:
After class at the New School, by appointment
Research Interests:

  • Games for Learning; dissertation work on augmented reality
  • GPS games for learning modern Jewish history
  • Digital Media and Learning
  • Jewish education and Jewish civilization 
  • Religion and Media
  • History education
  • Design-based research; mixed methods
  • Digital Humanities and materiality of sacred texts
  • Media, communication, and culture
Professional Affiliations:


  • Network for Research in Jewish Education (NRJE)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
  • International Game Developers Association (IGDA)
  • Writers Guild of America, West (WGA)


Awards and Honors:

  • 2013  Jewish Time Jump:  New York nominated for Most Innovative Game 2013 by Games for Change 10th Annual Festival.

  • 2013  Network for Research in Jewish Education (NRJE) Emerging Scholar Award.

  • 2012  Signature Grant from Covenant Foundation to ConverJent (Gottlieb, Founder and Director) for $65,000 over two years to develop digital mobile game for teaching Jewish history.

  • 2010  Jim Joseph Fellowship to Ph.D. program at Steinhardt/NYU

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