I am a researcher and educator working at the intersection of anthropology, design, and business. My ethnographic study of process formalization and the relationship between innovation and formalization at a Tier One automotive supplier focused on the social and organizational dimensions of innovation processes. As a design anthropologist, my work is explicitly interventionist and transformative, which allows me to engage in all phases of the design process. My research interests include socio-technical systems and the ways in which sociality and culture influence the design and adoption/adaptation of new products, processes, and technologies. I am is also interested in communication and knowledge flows, especially between diverse groups, and collaborative innovation networks (COINs). I am currently a Co-PI on an NSF study of Ethics in STEM research (“A Bottom-Up Approach to Enhancing a Culture of Responsible Research and Practice in STEM” NSF Award #1635661). Our goal in this project is to design an alternative to traditional ethics education that incorporates a series of group conversations within STEM labs that allow ethical concerns to emerge, be examined, and articulated in a set of locally crafted guidelines that reflect the ethical culture of the lab.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Design anthropology, business and organizational anthropology, ethics, design research