Curtis Maughan joined the German program at Vanderbilt in the fall of 2012. Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Curtis earned an MA in German Studies from CSU Long Beach. Currently he is working at the Cologne Game Lab (CGL) of the University of Applied Sciences, Cologne. During his time at CGL, Curtis has taught seminars on surveillance and interactivity, narratology and digital games, and audiovisual art and communication in the digital age. His dissertation project addresses Walter Benjamin’s concept of the flâneur in relation to open world gameplay trends and game design practices.