Dr. Jupin received his Ph.D. from UC Davis in the area of Science Fiction. His dissertation, "Gamic Fiction: The Intermediation of Literature and Games," considers the future of virtual worlds and the impact of game-play in contemporary culture. The connection between the humanities and sciences is a consistent theme in his research and a consideration he brings to the classroom.
BASIS Independent Silicon Valley gives Dr. Jupin the opportunity to challenge his students with the literature he enjoys, from Mary Shelley to Ray Bradbury. His students collaborate to form connections in literary history, piecing together the lineage of the Bildungsroman, using texts that range from Homer's Odyssey to Tolkien's Hobbit. "I feel blessed to have the opportunity to see students excel as readers, writers, and critical thinkers in college and beyond," he says. His students attend literary events at local bookstores, write their own fiction and literary criticism, and generate lively discussions regarding the intersections of literature and culture.
Dr. Jupin enjoys writing fiction, spending time on the beach with his dog, Gilligan, and playing soccer and baseball.