Ethnography Matters is managed and run by a group of volunteer editors who are passionate about ethnography.

Current Editors

Morgan G. Ames @morgangames draws on training in anthropology, communication, and computer science to research the ways we make sense of new technologies in our everyday lives. Her current research focuses on the role of stories and mythologies in the design and use of technology. She is investigating the social meanings of the One Laptop Per Child project, tracing its intellectual history at MIT and assessing its deployments across the Americas. Morgan is a postdoctoral researcher at the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing at UC Irvine.

She has a BA in computer science and a MS in Information Science from UC Berkeley, and finished her PhD in communication (minoring in anthropology) in 2013 at Stanford University, where her dissertation received the Nathan Maccoby Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Morgan joined Ethnography Matters in 2014 after being a guest contributor and editor in 2013. Read more Ethnography Matters posts from Morgan.

SteepRavineRachelle Annechino @surrogatekey is an Associate Research Scientist at the Prevention Research Center at PIRE, and a digital media researcher at the Center for Critical Public Health, where she works on ethnographically-oriented mixed methods projects focused on substance use and health inequity in the US.

Rachelle is one of the founding editors of Ethnography Matters. Read more Ethnography Matters posts from Rachelle.

Heather Ford @hfordsa is an ethnographer, writer and activist from South Africa living in the UK. She is currently a Leeds University Academic Fellow in Digital Methods at the School of Media and Communication where she explores issues surrounding the realignments of power and expertise in new media systems, particularly in the realm of facts. Before that, Heather was a DPhil (PhD) student and a Clarendon Scholar at Oxford University’s Oxford Internet Institute where she studied how Wikipedians help to construct facts in the digital realm. She has worked with non-profit organisations in the field of Internet rights and intellectual property reform including iCommons, Creative Commons, the Association for Progressive Communications, Privacy International, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (as a Google Policy Fellow), the Wikimedia Foundation and Ushahidi, and she has consulted for numerous foundations and corporations in the arena of online communications and development.

Heather’s home blog is at hblog.org.

Ethnography Matters is Heather’s brainchild! Read more Ethnography Matters posts from Heather.

Tricia Wang @triciawang is a global technology ethnographer and co-founder of Constellate Data.

With more than 15 years’ experience working with designers, engineers, and scientists, Tricia has a particular interest in designing human-centered systems. She advises organizations on integrating “Big Data” and what she calls Thick Data — data brought to light using digital age ethnographic research methods that uncover emotions, stories, and meaning — to improve strategy, policy, products, and services. Organizations she has worked with include P&G, Nokia, GE, Kickstarter, the United Nations and NASA. She recently finished an expert-in-residency at IDEO where she extended and amplified IDEO’s impact in design research.

When not working with organizations, she spends the other half of her life researching online anonymity and the bias towards the quantifiable. Recognized as a leading authority on applied research, human-centered design, social media, and Chinese internet culture, Tricia’s work and points of view have been featured in Slate,  Al Jazeera, Fast Company, Makeshift,The Atlantic, and Wired. A sought-after speaker, she has given talks at conferences such as Lift, Strata, Webstock, and South by Southwest. She has also spoken at Wrigley, P&G, Nike, 21st Century Fox, Tumblr and various investment firms.

Tricia has a BA in Communication and PhD in Sociology from UC San Diego. She holds affiliate positions at Data and Society, Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). She is also a Fulbright Fellow and National Science Foundation Fellow where she is the first Western scholar to work with China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) in Beijing, China.

Tricia began her career as a documentary filmmaker, an HIV/AIDS activist, a hip-hop education advocate, and a technology educator in low-income communities. She has worked across four continents; her life philosophy is that you have to go to the edge to discover what’s really happening. She’s the proud companion of dog #ellethedog.

She writes for Medium publication On Human-Centric Systems.  She is also writing a book about anonymity and the Elastic Self in the digital age.

Tricia is one of the founding editors of Ethnography Matters. Read more Ethnography Matters posts from Tricia.


Jenna Burrell @jennaburrell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley. Her book Invisible Users: Youth in the Internet Cafes of Urban Ghana was recently published by the MIT Press. Before pursuing her PhD she was an Application Concept Developer in the People and Practices Research Group at Intel Corporation. Her interests span many research topics including theories of materiality, user agency, transnationalism, post-colonial relations, digital representation, and ICTs in Africa. Her personal website is here.

Jenna is one of the founding editors of Ethnography Matters and is now a regular contributor. Read more Ethnography Matters posts from Jenna.

Nicolas Nova @nicolasnova is a consultant and researcher at the Near Future Laboratory. He undertakes field studies to inform and evaluate the creation of innovative products and services. His work is about exploring and understanding people’s needs, motivations and contexts to map new design opportunities and help designers and engineers. Nicolas applies this in the domains of video games, mobile and location-based media as well as networked objects/robots.

He also teaches user research in interaction design at HEAD-Geneva and ENSCI-Les Ateliers in Paris. He holds a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from the Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL, Switzerland). In his free time, he collects video game controllers and peculiar interfaces dug up in flea markets here and there. He blogs at Pasta & Vinegar.

Read more Ethnography Matters posts from Nicolas.