Ali Colleen Neff, Ph.D
About the Speaker
Since 2005, digital anthropologist and New Relic product researcher Ali Colleen Neff, Ph.D. has been studying the ways people all over the world use, make, and circulate digital things. In her work as a professor of digital cultures at Portland State University and as a consultant for a spectrum of digital projects, she has helped replatform the National Parks website and create new digital environmental justice tools for Oregon Metro. She is interested in the ways makers and users draw from their cultural experience to spark new possibilities in the world of tech. In addition to directing the Digital Africa project, cultivating groundbreaking work on Digital Subcultures, and researching hip-hop digitalities, she has authored books, published a host of academic articles, and given keynotes on gender race, and media. Her work hasbeen the recipient of major awards from the Mellon Foundation,REACH, FLAS, and DK Wilgus.