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Ethnographic researcher and anthropologist specializing in technology, design, and UX from a critical perspective; author and writer.

professional positions

Visiting Scholar, Anthropology, New York University, 2016-present
Visiting Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Wesleyan University, Spring 2016
Visiting Fellow, Center for the Humanities, Wesleyan University, 2015-16
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Humanities, Wesleyan University, 2014-15


PhD, UC Irvine, 2012
Cultural Anthropology
Dissertation: Mobile Berlin: Social Media and the New Europe; advisor: Dr. Tom Boellstorff

MA, University of Chicago, 2005
MAPSS (Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences), concentration in anthropology
Thesis: Beyond the Meaning of Style: Cultural Capital, Social Networks and Youth Subculture; reader: Dr. William Mazzarella

BA, Wesleyan University, 2000
High Honors in Medieval Studies

publications (selected)


forthcoming    Mobile Berlin: Social Media, Transnationalism, and New Europe. University of Pennsylvania Press.

journal articles

forthcoming   “Of Spargel and Spiegel: National Feelings and Emerging Media in Berlin.” Article accepted at Anthropological Quarterly.

2014    “Friend or Freund: Social Media and Transnational Connections in Berlin.” Human-Computer Interaction, 29(1), 53–77 (part of a special issue, “Transnational HCI: Humans, Computers and Interactions Considered Globally,” I. Shklovski, J. Vertesi, S. Lindtner, L. Suchman, eds.).

book chapters

2017    “Locating Emerging Media: Ethnographic Reflections on Culture, Selfhood, and Place.” The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography. Larissa Hjorth, Heather Horst, Anne Galloway, and Genevieve Bell, eds. Invited chapter.

2016    “Doing Fieldwork, Brb: Locating the field on and with emerging media.” eFieldnotes: the Makings of Anthropology in the Digital World. Roger Sanjek and Susan Tratner, eds. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press: 113­–131.

in progress

n.d.    “The Gender of the Interface.” Journal article in preparation.

consulting experience

External reviewer, Stronger Communities NYC pilot, City of New York Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs with RAD and the Mozilla Foundation, May-June 2018.

research experience

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Humanities, Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT, Aug. 2014–June 2015Developed book proposal and manuscript revisions for book on social and mobile media in Berlin; conducted follow-up research in Berlin and Amsterdam; presented new analysis on mobility and mobile technologies as part of the Center for the Humanities “Mobilities” lecture series; organized an invited session on technology and inequality and presented new analysis on cultural difference in social and mobile media for a competitive, peer-reviewed conference; began developing new research on user experience.

Social Science Research Network Junior Fellow, Anthropology, UC Irvine
Irvine, CA, Jan. 2013–present
Revised and published sole-authored journal article adapted from dissertation research; presented new analysis on mobility and emerging publics at a competitive, peer-reviewed conference; began new research on conducting ethnographic fieldwork on and with social and mobile media.

Graduate Researcher, Anthropology, UC Irvine
Irvine CA; Berlin, Germany, 2009–2012
Ethnography of social media: Designed and carried out original ethnographic research project on the role of social media in changing the relationship between geography, sociality, and identity in Europe; conducted participant observation and interviews over ten months with social media users in Berlin.
Research design and qualitative data analysis: Designed semi-structured interview questionnaire and other research protocols, including an online time diary; analyzed interview transcripts and coded field notes in TAMS Analyzer; developed an unstructured database in DevonThink.

Research Assistant, Howard Rheingold
Mill Valley, CA, 2006–2009
Researched social media platforms for lectures and presentations; wrote blog articles on pervasive computing, collective action, and mobile networking for and CooperationCommons. Helped develop a digital medial literacy curriculum, the Participatory Media Literacy Wiki,; created tutorials on podcasts, blogging, and wikis.

Research and Evaluation Assistant, Youth Leadership Institute
San Rafael, CA, Jan.–Sept. 2006
Analyzed quantitative program survey data in SPSS and Excel; entered, organized, and tracked data. Evaluated ongoing community-based programs in collaboration with colleagues; produced yearly report.

teaching experience

Courses taught

The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Queer Studies & Digital Culture, Dec. 2016
Digital Embodiment, June 2016
Critical Design: Interface and Imagination, Feb.-Mar. 2016, Sept. 2016
Life, Digitally: Feminist Studies of Technology, Fall 2015

Wesleyan University

Anthropology of Digital Media and Cultures,  seminar, Anthropology, Spring 2016
Ethnographies of Emerging Media, seminar, Center for the Humanities, Fall 2014

UC Davis

Resistance, Rebellion, and Popular Movements, lecture, Department of Anthropology, Winter 2012

Teaching Assistant, UC Irvine
Irvine, CA, 2006­–2009
Courses: Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Origins of Global Interdependence, Cross Cultural Studies of Gender, Major’s Seminar in Political Anthropology, Asian Immigrants & Refugees in Southern California.
Planned and lead weekly discussion sections of 20-30 undergraduates; developed class materials

public events and workshops

2018 “Career Strategies for Contingent Faculty.” Workshop scheduled for AAA, San Jose, CA, Nov.
2018 “Collaboration in Theory and Practice,” Panel for Postlight Studio x, New York, June 5.
2016 “Designing and Fostering Safe Online Communities,” Panel at XX+UX @ Tumblr, New York, Dec. 13.
2015 “Media, Society, and Spying for the State” seminar for the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, symposium on Sensitive Data at the Goethe-Institut, New York, NY, Dec. 4-6.

fellowships and awards (selected)

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for the Humanities, Wesleyan University, 2014-15
Public Impact Fellowship, UC Irvine, 2011–2012
DAAD Graduate Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service, 2009–2010
PAPR@UCI Seed Grant, Intel/UCI People and Practices Research Initiative, Summer 2009
Institute of European Studies Predissertation Fellowship, Univ. of California, Summer 2007

professional activities

Co-organizer and North American liaison, EASA Media Anthropology Network, 2016-present
, CASTAC Blog, (, 2015-17
Web Producer and Associate Editor
, CASTAC Blog (, 2012-2014
Contributor, Anthropology of Social Networking (, 2012
Editorial Intern, American Anthropologist, Irvine CA, 2010–2011

professional service (selected)

Organizer, CASTAC roundtable: “STS and Anthropology: Reflections on 25 Years of Entanglement,” Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Denver, CO, Nov. 18-22, 2015

Faculty Advisor, Eclectic Society, Wesleyan University, 2014-15

Organizer, CASTAC Junior-Senior Scholar Mentorship Program, Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago, IL, Washington, D.C., Dec. 3-7, 2014

professional memberships

American Anthropological Association (AAA)
Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing (CASTAC)
Society for the Anthropology of Europe (SAE)
Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)


Research: Ethnographic research design, methods, and analysis; statistical analysis in SPSS
Computer: DevonThink, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, SPSS, WordPress, HTML/CSS, Photoshop
Languages: German; French

Image at top: Flughafen Tempelhof in Berlin, 2010.