Mission US consults with advisors with a range of expertise in historical scholarship, education, educational technology, child and adolescent development, social justice pedagogy, and other relevant fields. We are indebted to the many individuals who have provided invaluable guidance and input on the development of our games and educator resources.

National Advisory Board

Our national advisory board helps shape our goals, best practices, and strategic vision for the larger Mission US series.

  • Erica Dean, Social Studies/Technology/ELA Teacher, Detroit, MI
  • Lily Exantus, M.Ed., EdJusticeJax, former U.S. history teacher, Jacksonville, FL
  • Walter Greason, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of History, Macalester College
  • Charity Brown Griffin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences, Winston-Salem State University
  • Scott Jackson, Social Studies Teacher, Brooklyn, NY
  • Allisyn Levy, VP, GameUp, BrainPOP
  • Kelli Morgan, Ph.D., Professor of the Practice & Director of Curatorial Studies, Department of the History of Art & Architecture, Tufts University
  • Martha Nakagawa, Journalist, Researcher at the UCLA Jack and Aiko Herzig Collection and Eji Suyama Endowment project
  • Karen (Kat) Schrier Shaenfield, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Director, Games & Emerging Media program, Marist College
  • Joel Vazquez, Inclusion Recruiting Program Manager, Curology
  • Darnell Williams, Social Studies Teacher, Whiting, NJ

Mission Advisors

For each mission, we consult with scholars and community stakeholders with specific expertise in that game’s historical content.

For Crown or Colony?

  • Benjamin Carp, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Daniel M. Lyons Chair of History, Brooklyn College
  • Michelle King, Middle school teacher, Environmental Charter School, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Allisyn Levy, VP, GameUP at BrainPOP
  • Herbert Sloan, Ph.D., Ann Whitney Olin Professor of History, Barnard College

Flight to Freedom

  • Ira Berlin, Ph.D., Distinguished University Professor of History, University of Maryland
  • Christopher P. Moore, Historian and Curator, The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Nikki M. Taylor, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of African American History, Howard University

A Cheyenne Odyssey

  • Ann Fabian, Ph.D., Professor of History and American Studies, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
  • Christina Gish Hill, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Iowa State University
  • Richard Littlebear, Ph.D., President, Chief Dull Knife College
  • Jeffrey Ostler, Ph.D., Beekman Professor of Northwest and Pacific History, University of Oregon

City of Immigrants

  • Miriam Bader & Annie Polland, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, New York, NY

Up from the Dust

  • Lori Flores, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Stony Brook University
  • James N. Gregory, Ph.D., Professor of History, University of Washington
  • Neil M. Maher, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University, Newark
  • Christopher P. Moore, Historian and Curator, The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, Ph.D., Professor of History, Iowa State University

Prisoner in My Homeland

  • Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community, Bainbridge Island, WA
  • Densho, Seattle, WA
  • Allan Austin, Ph.D., Professor of History and Government, Misericordia University
  • Roger Daniels, Ph.D., Charles Phelps Taft Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Cincinnati
  • Tetsuden Kashima, Ph.D., Professor of American Ethnic Studies, University of Washington
  • Martha Nakagawa, Journalist, Researcher at the UCLA Jack and Aiko Herzig Collection and Eji Suyama Endowment project

No Turning Back

Lead Advisors:

  • Charles McLaurin, SNCC Staff 1962-67
  • Freddie Biddle, SNCC Staff 1963-68
  • Emilye Crosby, PhD, Professor of History, SUNY Geneseo
  • Pamela N. Walker, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, Texas A&M University

Additional Advisors:

  • Daphne Chamberlain, PhD, Associate Professor of History, Tougaloo College
  • Juadine Henderson, SNCC Staff, 1963- 
  • Dorie Ladner, SNCC Staff 1961-66
  • Joyce Ladner, SNCC Staff 1961-67
  • William Pretzer, Senior Curator for History, National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Judy Richardson, SNCC Staff 1963-66
  • William Sturkey, Professor of History, UNC Chapel Hill

Student and Teacher Reviewers

We also solicit input from students and classroom teachers, who review draft materials and game builds throughout development of missions. 

Student Reviewers

Jason Agordome
Nasiyah Isra-Ul
Olivia Hooff
Eliza Keegan
Surabhi Mohan
Japheth Nwani
Ava Ronchetti
Vedant Tapiavala
Justice Tinker
Destanee Warren

Teacher Reviewers

Janie Alexander
Mitchell Kalin
Christina McKissick
Philip O’Brocki
Esther Sauer
Christian Scott
Gabe Smith
Jason Stern
Patty Washington

We remain grateful to the advisors and reviewers who have guided the development of Mission US to date, and always welcome more input from students and educators! If you would like to share feedback or are interested in serving as a reviewer, please contact us at