Kevin is an aspiring classicist and interdisciplinary humanities academic whose research interests are situated at the intersection of epic, rhetoric, mythology, law, and reception in videogames. What unifies these seemingly disparate fields is the art of persuasion—from its early conceptions in Greco-Roman antiquity to the ideological rhetoric received and encoded within our contemporary media practices.
Presently, he is studying for a PhD in Classical Philology at Harvard as a Presidential Scholar. Prior to that, he completed the MSt in Greek and/or Latin Languages and Literature at Oxford; and before that, an undergraduate double degree program, graduating summa cum laude from Yale-NUS College and with first class honours from the National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law.
A lifelong gamer with a short stint in the world of competitive e-sports, he is fascinated by the emergence of critical videogame studies as a scholarly discipline, and views epic and mythology as a bridge between his interests in both the ancient and the modern. A long-term goal of his is to examine the rhetorical impact of classical reception in the construction of video game fantasy worldbuilding—and, perhaps more ambitiously, the social, cultural, pedagogical, and ethical influences it may have on a society that today consumes these digital narratives in unprecedented quantities.