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About Our Research Areas

Experience Architecture (XA) is an interdisciplinary program located in the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University, the United States’ pioneer land-grant university and one of the top research universities in the world. Faculty in the XA program frequently collaborate with colleagues at other reputable institutions and participate in international research communities, associations, and groups. Due to the nature of XA, our faculty members are located in different departments in the college, such as the Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures Department and the Department of Art, Art History, and Design. All XA research is related in that it shares a common focus of solving problems for people and creating useful experiences through digital, physical, or hybrid environments.

Social Media & Social Change

Research in this area considers in what ways large groups of people make use of social media in response to events or with an explicit aim to bring about large-scale changes.

Learning & Digital Experiences

This area of study examines and evaluates possibilities to enhance formal and informal learning via the use of digital tools and spaces.

Fandom and Participatory Culture

As fans engage in various physical and digital spaces, we investigate how these spaces are architected by producers, artists, entertainers, policy makers, governments, organizations, and other fans in ways that inhibit and encourage participation.

Health, Behavior Change, & Feedback

Our work in this area investigates opportunities made possible by mobile technologies and network computing to enhance public health and clinical practice.