I'm an anthropologist who studies how people do cultural things with technology.
My book project, Computing Taste: The Making of Algorithmic Music Recommendation, draws on several years of ethnographic fieldwork with developers of music recommenders in the United States.
I'm currently thinking about attention, traps, care, pastoral metaphors, resonance, multiplicity, the geography of abstract space, the kinship of academic disciplines, and why computer programmers love rock climbing so much.
I'm an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Tufts University, where I also teach in the Science, Technology, and Society program. I'm co-chair of the American Anthropological Association’s Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing. Before that, I got my undergraduate degree in Literature at Yale University, a Masters of Science in Comparative Media Studies from MIT, and my PhD in Anthropology from UC Irvine.