APLEITH

Digital Anthropologist, Doctoral Candidate, & Streaming Consultant

I am a passionate advocate and examiner of online culture, digital games, and livestreaming. Borrowing from my background in design, public relations, and interpersonal communication, I am presently working as a media consultant for gameplay content creators while completing a doctorate in Media and Information Studies at Michigan State University. Please contact me directly with any serious inquries.

Employment

Streaming Consultant

AP Leith Consultations
August 2018 - Present

Graduate Assistant

Michigan State University
Courses Taught
  • MI 101: Understanding Media
  • MI 201: Introduction to Media and Information Technologies and Industries
  • TC 401: Social Media in Society
  • TC 401: Science Fiction, Communication, and Technology
  • COM 803: Intro to Quantitative Research Methods
September 2012 - May 2017

Lecturer

McKendree University
Courses Taught
  • JRN 372: Web and Print Publication Design
January 2012 - May 2012

Adjunct instructor

St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Courses Taught
  • EN 3100: Professional Communication
August 2011 - May 2012

Adjunct instructor

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Courses Taught
  • SPC 105: Public Speaking
  • SPC 204: Oral Argumentation Skills
August 2011 - December 2011

Graduate Assistant

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Courses Taught
  • SPC 103: Interpersonal Communication
August 2010 - May 2011

Marketing Manager

Brigham Young University - Idaho
August 2008 - August 2009

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (ABD)

Michigan State University
Information and Media (Media and Information)
September 2011 - Present

Master of Arts

Southern Illinois University
Speech Communication (Interpersonal Communication)
January 2009 - May 2010

Bachelor of Arts

Brigham Young University - Idaho
Communication (Public Relations)
January 2008 - January 2009

Skills

Programming Languages & Tools



Workflow
  • Web & Print Publication Design
  • Research Design & Execution
  • Program Adaptation & Deployment

Research

Journal Publications
Book Chapters
Selected Presentations
  • Leith, A. P. (2018, October). Playing games for others: Constructing a gameplay livestreaming taxonomy. Paper presented at the 2018 International Academic Conference on Meaningful Play. East Lansing, MI.
  • Leith, A. P. (2018, October). Giving you your space: Examining gamespace expandability. Paper presented at the 2018 International Academic Conference on Meaningful Play. East Lansing, MI.
  • Leith, A. P. (2015, November). Busking on a digital pitch: Investigating Internet-based gameplay broadcasting. Paper presented at the Games as/with/through Communication: Introducing the Game Studies Division preconference of the National Communication Association 101st Annual Convention. Las Vegas, NV.
  • Leith, A. P. (2015, November). Understanding the implications of uses and gratifications in gameplay viewing. Paper presented at the Games as/with/through Communication: Introducing the Game Studies Division preconference of the National Communication Association 101st Annual Convention. Las Vegas, NV.
  • Boehmer, J. H., & Leith, A. P. (2015, March). Tweeting the World Cup: Soccer teams’ use of dialogic communication during the 2014 World Cup. Paper presented at The Eighth Summit on Communication and Sport. Charlotte, NC.
  • Leith, A. P. (2014, November). Learning to play: Academic impacts of digital gameplay among disadvantaged African American students. Paper presented at the National Communication Association 100th Annual Conference. Chicago, IL.
  • Huang, T. K., Cotton, S. R., & Leith, A. P. (2014, May). The impact of emotional costs on students’ IT use and academic performance in the context of computer integration. Paper presented at the Digital Divide Preconference of the International Communication Association 64th Annual Conference. Seattle, WA.
  • Leith, A. P. (2013, June). A more accessible celebrity: A case for parasocial interactions with YouTube personalities and communities. Paper presented at International Association of Media and Communication Research 2013 Conference. Dublin, Ireland.