Thomas Henricks, Ph.D., is Danieley Professor of Sociology and Distinguished University Professor at Elon University in the United States. Much of his scholarship has focused on the nature of human play, particularly as that activity can be contrasted to other pathways for human expression, including ritual, communities, and work. More generally, he studies how experience and self-awareness are socially and culturally constructed. He is the author of numerous writings on play, many of which have appeared in The American Journal of Play and in Play and Culture Studies. His books include Disputed Pleasures: Sport and Society in Preindustrial England; Play Reconsidered: Sociological Perspectives on Human Expression; and Selves, Societies, and Emotions: Understanding the Pathways of Experience. Another book, Play and the Human Condition, is being published in Spring 2015. He is a co-editor of the new Handbook of the Study of Play. He serves on the editorial boards of theAmerican Journal of Play and International Journal of Play.