Practicing Anthropology in Design and Business – Portland State University Presentation, March 2018

On March 1st, 2018 I returned to Dr. Jeremy Spoon‘s undergraduate Applied Anthropology class at Portland State University, to give a presentation on doing anthropology in design and business. In the presentation, I discuss my educational background, academia-to-work transition, career experience, my evolving perspective on practicing anthropology, and how I apply anthropology in user experience, design…

Tenure Track PhD position in Product Design/Development at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA

Call for Applications: Tenure Track PhD position in Product Design/Development at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA Candidates with anthropology backgrounds are encouraged to apply! Central Washington University’s Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I4IE) has received a Grant from the Herbert B Jones Foundation to expand its entrepreneurship program through the hiring of a tenure track position…

U. Memphis tenure-track opening for a design / business / organizational anthropologist

My grad school alma mater, University of Memphis, has a tenure-track opening (Fall 2018) for an applied anthropologist with a focus on design, business and/or organizational anthropology. UM’s Anthropology program is an applied program that teaches and values both theory and practice, so applicants must be able to train and mentor graduate and undergraduate students…

Great internet stuff: the not-so-weekly digest (#10)

  Presenting another collection of most-highly-recommended articles, websites and ideas that shaped my thinking throughout the past few weeks. This week’s topics include design and user experience, research, user experience industry, labor, organizational culture, technology,  and culture and society. Design and User Experience Addressing executive swoop-ins | Julie Zhuo, Facebook “How can I address direction…

Call for Applications: Laurits Andersen PhD position in Business and Organizational Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen

The Laurits Andersen Foundation at the University of Copenhagen has granted funds to the Department of Anthropology for a three-year fully financed PhD position in the field of business and organizational anthropology. Applicants are now invited to submit proposals for doctoral research that must fall within one or more of the areas mentioned below. In…

Making Sense of Loss

Me and Mom in Portland, summer 2015 On April 20th, my 31st birthday, I traveled to Sturgis, Michigan to visit my mom. Toward the end of last year, she put her house up for sale and she finally had an offer on it. My aunt and I wanted to go out there to help her…

What is a researcher? A personal manifesto

Thinking in terms of a business and design context, what is a researcher? There is no one path, no one exact job description, no one single approach or professional charter to follow. Among the many variables that can shape this are the individual’s background and training, personal philosophy and worldview, and years of experience. For…