Biography - Brian Sutton-Smith


Brian Sutton-Smith is a play theorist who has spent his lifetime attempting to discover the cultural significance of play in human life, arguing that any useful definition of play must apply to both adults and children. Brian’s interdisciplinary approach has included research into play history and cross cultural studies of play.

Following the completion of his PhD in Wellington, New Zealand, Brian travelled to the USA on grant from the Fullbright Program, where he began an academic career with a focus on children’s games, adult games, children’s play, children’s gender issues and sibling position,

Brian is the author of some 50 books, The Ambiguity of Play being among the most recognisable and praised.  Following his donation of an archive of nearly half a century of academic play research Brian was appointed as a Scholar in Residence at the Strong National Museum of Play in New York.