The Strong Names Saucier Editor of its American Journal of Play

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

March 3, 2017

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Noelle McElrath-Hart, 585-410-6325,

The Strong Names Saucier Editor
of its American Journal of Play

ROCHESTER, New York—The Strong is pleased to announce that Jeremy K. Saucier has been named editor of its peer-reviewed American Journal of Play. Scott G. Eberle, who has been associated with the interdisciplinary Journal since its planning stages in 2005, stepped down as its editor to focus on other projects related to his role as the museum’s vice president for
play studies.

“Play—a rich field of study and deeply rewarding in the variety of questions it raises—requires scholars to approach the subject both broadly and specifically. I’ve been privileged to encourage thinkers to cross disciplinary frontiers, to seek new and more sophisticated theory, and to develop fresh perspectives in their pursuit of play,” says Eberle. “I’m also pleased to leave the Journal in such capable hands. I look forward to the innovations that Jeremy Saucier and the editorial team will bring to this leading-edge venture.”

Saucier, who served as the Journal’s book review editor for the past four years, is also the assistant director of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games at The Strong. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University and a PhD in American history from the University of Rochester. He is the author of numerous essays on the history and culture of electronic play and games, consumption, and warfare. Prior to joining The Strong, Saucier taught American studies and history at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and St. Bonaventure University, and served as the assistant editor of the Reviews in American History journal.

“I’m grateful to have the opportunity to build on the strong foundation left by former Editor in Chief G. Rollie Adams and Editor Scott Eberle,” Saucier says. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to bring new and innovative play scholarship to light.”—more—

The Journal, now in its ninth volume and soon to publish its 30th issue, annually reaches nearly 5,000 readers from 55 countries. It has explored the import of play from the optics of history, sociology, anthropology, evolutionary psychology, ethology, evolutionary biology and evolutionary neurobiology, economics, mathematics and game theory, philosophy, psychiatry and psychotherapy, education and developmental psychology, folklore and popular culture, computer science and electronic gaming, and many other topics. The American Journal of Play has published five Special Issues: “Affective Neuroscience and Play,” “Children’s Literature and Play,” “Social and Psychological Consequences of Free Play,” “Cognitive Psychology and Play,” “Neuroaesthetics and the Play of Creative Cognition.” Two more are forthcoming, “The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Play,” and “Play in the Ancient World.”

The American Journal of Play can be accessed freely online at Printed editions are also available for subscription and singly copy purchase.

About The Strong

The Strong is a highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play. It is one of the largest history museums in the United States and one of the leading museums serving families. The Strong houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play and is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play. Together, these enable a multifaceted array of research, exhibition, and other interpretive and educational activities that serve a diverse audience of adults, families, children, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others around the globe.