Photo Credit: Edward González-Tennant                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Darcy Alexandra ( is a writer, ethnographer and documentary storyteller specializing in visual anthropology and social documentary practices. Her doctoral thesis, Visualizing Migrant Voices: Co-creative Documentary and the Politics of Listening (2014), is noted by Dr. Paul Stoller as, “a fine example of the new wave of engaged ethnography.” Alexandra has taught digital storytelling in Europe and the United States and conducted research in the US-Mexico Borderlands, El Salvador, Uruguay, Cuba, and Ireland.

Catherine Besteman ( is the Francis F. and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology at Colby College. She has conducted research on political subjectivity in Somalia, South Africa, and the US. Her books include Unraveling Somalia (1999), Transforming Cape Town (2008), and The Insecure American (2009, with Hugh Gusterson).  She has just completed a book about Somali Bantu refugees in Lewiston, Maine.

Elizabeth Chin ( is an anthropologist and professor in the MFA program Media Design Practices/Field at Art Center College of Design. Working in the U.S., Haiti, and Uganda, her focus is on children, race, and social inequality, as well as dance. She is author of Purchasing Power (University of Minnesota 2001) and editor of Katherine Dunham: Recovering an Anthropological Legacy, Choreographing Ethnographic Futures (SAR Press, 2014).

Samuel Gerald Collins ( is an anthropologist at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland.  His present work examines the urban as the confluence of people and social media.  He is the author of various books, book chapters and articles, among them All Tomorrow's Cultures: Anthropological Engagements With the Future (Berghahn, 2008), Library of Walls (2009) and, along with co-author Matthew Durington, Networked Anthropology (Routledge, 2014). 

Campbell Dalglish ( is an award-winning filmmaker, playwright, published poet, professor, and President of the Plaza Cinema and Media Arts Center. His short film Dance of the Quantum Cats has been screened in international film festivals, and his videos created with marginalized communities of homeless shelters, Indian reservations, prisons, juvenile delinquent centers, and gangland neighborhoods, have been used for influencing social change.

Matthew Durington ( is associate professor of anthropology and director of International Studies at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland.  His research interests include urban and visual anthropology in South Africa and the United States.  An ethnographic filmmaker he has produced the film Record Store and is also co-author of Networked Anthropology with colleague Sam Collins (Routledge, 2014).

Sarah Flicker ( is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.  Her research focuses on youth HIV prevention and support, as well as, environmental, sexual and reproductive justice. More broadly, she is interested in community-based participatory methodologies. Her research has informed policy at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.  Sarah and her teams have won a number of prestigious awards for youth engagement in health research.

Nancy Fried Foster ( is Senior Anthropologist at Ithaka S+R and Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology, University of Rochester. She helps college and university libraries design technologies and spaces to support academic work. Her books include Studying Students: A Second Look (2013) and Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester (with Susan Gibbons, 2007).

Gretchen Gano is a Research Fellow in the Science, Technology and Society Initiative in the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 2013 she managed the Springfield, Massachusetts, site of a national NSF-funded citizen engagement project called Futurescape City Tours. This experimental public engagement project features participant photography and a guided walking tour of key urban locations that could soon be enhanced by applications of emerging technologies. 

Edward González-Tennant ( is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Monmouth University. He has conducted research in New Zealand, Norway, China, the US, and Caribbean. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles in international journals and his first book, An Archaeology of Intersectional Violence: The 1923 Rosewood Pogrom in Historical Perspective will be published in 2015 by the University Press of Florida.

Aline Gubrium ( is Associate Professor of Public Health and medical anthropologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Funded by the Ford Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, she is working with on a digital storytelling-based research project focused on sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice with young parenting Latinas and a project to design and test a culture-centered narrative approach for health promotion in collaboration with young Puerto Rican Latinas.

Andrés H. Guerrero ( is the Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Andrés’ research interests include public health as it relates to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated populations, substance abuse, drug policy, and harm reduction theory. In 2011, Andrés helped administer the project “Digital Health Stories: Video Interventions for Viral Hepatitis. He is currently pursuing his Master of Public Health at the Colorado School of Public Health.

Krista Harper ( is Associate Professor of Anthropology and the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  An ethnographer who has worked in Hungary, Portugal, and the United States, she is author of Wild Capitalism: Environmental Activists and Post-socialist Political Ecology in Hungary (2006) and co-author with Aline Gubrium of Participatory Visual and Digital Methods (2013).

Morgan Marzec is a design strategist, specializing in organizational culture and communications. Synthesizing creative technology, storytelling and participatory methods, she consults FORTUNE 500 corporations, government agencies and community-based organizations to design creative approaches for their most pressing challenges. She was selected for Leadership California’s Class of 2015, a highly competitive program for women leaders in California.

Cayla McCrae ( is a media designer. With a background in social justice and women’s issues, her work stems from a convergence of formal design training and ethnography. She is a graduate of the Media Design Practices MFA program at Art Center College of Design in California.

Marty Otañez ( is an Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado Denver. Otañez’s research and advocacy focus on digital stories featuring viral hepatitis and other health issues, and on the exploitative practices of cigarette makers and leaf buying companies at the farm level in Malawi and elsewhere. He also directs the University of Colorado initiative, the Coalition for Excellence in Digital Storytelling.

Charles Menzies, a member of Gitxaała Nation, was born and raised in Prince Rupert, BC. His primary research interests are the production of anthropological films, natural resource management, political economy, contemporary First Nations’ issues, maritime anthropology, and indigenous archaeology. He is also the Director of Cultural and Heritage Research for Gitxaała Nation and Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UBC.

Simona Perry ( is Research Director at c.a.s.e. Consulting Services and VP of Pipeline Safety Coalition. Trained as an environmental scientist and ethnographer, she works in rural and urban places across the U.S. to document and raise awareness of the interconnections between ecology, psychology, and culture. Current areas of practice include risk/disaster communication, energy-water conflicts, and collaborative long-term ethnography.

Nicholas Rattray ( is an Associated Health Postdoctoral Fellow at the Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.  His research examines the cultural dimensions of disability, space, and embodiment in highland Ecuador and among military veterans returning from deployment with invisible injuries.

Jean J. Schensul, Ph.D. ( is Founding Director (1987-2004) and Senior Scientist, Institute for Community Research (ICR), an organization using participatory research methods to strengthen community voices for change, where she founded its Youth Participatory Action Research Program in 1988 and developed the program’s core curriculum. She teaches and writes on participatory methods including the 7 book Ethnographer’s Toolkit (with Margaret LeCompte) on ethnographic methods, now in its second edition.

Cynthia Selin ( leads the Anticipation and Deliberation research program at the NSF funded Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University where she is an Assistant Professor in the School of Sustainability & the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes. In 2014-6, she is a Marie Curie Fellow at the Danish Technological University investigating energy futures.

Madeleine Tudor ( is Applied Cultural Research Manager in the Science Action Center at The Field Museum. Her research interests focus on understanding how human-environment interaction relates to landscape and place-making, primarily in urban and post-industrial contexts. She has co-curated, developed, and produced anthropologically-based visual materials through a variety of public engagement formats, including museum and community-based exhibitions and Web-based media.

Natalie Underberg-Goode ( is Associate Professor of Digital Media and Folklore in the School of Visual Arts and Design at the University of Central Florida.  She is author (with Elayne Zorn) of the book Digital Ethnography: Anthropology, Narrative, and New Media (University of Texas Press, 2013) and more than 20 articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings on the subjects of digital cultural heritage and storytelling.

Phillip Vannini ( is a Professor in the School of Communication & Culture at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, Canada and Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Public Ethnography. He is author of a dozen books, including the most recent Off the Grid (with Jonathan Taggart, 2014).

Alaka Wali ( is Curator of North American Anthropology at The Field Museum. She has conducted research in both Central and South America and in the urban United States on the human-environment interface and led programmatic efforts to build partnerships with community-based organizations to develop more effective stewardship of natural resources.  She is the author of two books, over 40 articles and monographs, and has received numerous grants for research.

Ciann L. Wilson ( is a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. A direct result of her lived experience as a racialized woman, Ciann’s research interests include community health; HIV/AIDS; critical ethnic studies; community-based and Indigenous research approaches. Ciann’s work is supported by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Doctoral Award and a Social Research Centre in HIV Prevention Research Award.

Tina L. Zeng ( is a media designer and creative technologist. Trained in electronics and ethnography, her work is focused on designing from a position of abundance within the community. While still a graduate student, she consulted for UNICEF Innovation Labs in Uganda. She was awarded the Art Center College of Design’s Media Design Practices Postgraduate Fellowship based on her thesis work.