Owen Gottlieb

Owen Gottlieb, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Interactive Games and Media at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  He is the Founder and Lead Researcher at the Initiative in Religion, Culture, & Policy at the RIT MAGIC Center, a research laboratory and games studio.  Gottlieb also founded the games organization ConverJent in 2010, where he and his team created Jewish Time Jump: New York, a mobile augmented reality game about immigrant, labor, and womens’ history in the early 20th Century which was nominated for Most Innovative Game at the 2013 Games for Change Festival and has been featured in The AtlanticThe Village Voice, and Fast Company.  

Bringing an eclectic background to game design and research, Gottlieb has written screen and teleplays for Paramount and Universal, worked as a project manager of Internet software for clients including Disney, and served for many years as a liaison for film directors at the Telluride Film Festival. He is also an ordained Reform rabbi. 

Gottlieb and his diverse team’s latest game, Lost & Found, is a table-top strategy-to-mobile game set in North Africa in the 12th Century. The game teaches aspects medieval religious legal systems in historical and geographic context, centering on the pro-social aspects of religion – collaboration and cooperation.  

Gottlieb holds degrees from Dartmouth College, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Hebrew Union College, and New York University. He is a member of the International Game Developers Association, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the Writers Guild of America, West.