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UC San Diego, New York University
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New York, New York, United States · Member since July 2011
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My bio for humans: Tricia is a balanced extrovert and introvert. She's happiest when learning, dancing, and playing with doggies. She does not like to cook, but she can eat more than anyone she's ever met. She is obsessively clean but is known to create organized piles of clutter.

My bio for non-humans: Tricia Wang is a global tech ethnographer who researches how technology makes us human. She advises organizations, corporations, and students on utilizing Digital Age ethnographic research methods to improve strategy, policy, services, and products. Her research has been featured in The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, Fast Company, Makeshift, and Wired. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies including Nokia and GE and numerous institutions from the UN to NASA. A Fulbright Fellow and National Science Foundation Fellow, Tricia has been recognized as a leading authority by journalists, investors, and ethnographic and sociological researchers.

Her research interests lie at the intersection of technology and culture—the investigation of how social media and the internet affect identity-making, trust formation, and collective action. Through extensive fieldwork in China and Latin America, she has developed expertise on digital communities in emerging economies, leading to the formulation of an innovative sociological framework for understanding user interactions online.

Tricia relishes on-the-ground, hyper-immersive ethnographic fieldwork, which has provided her with a unique understanding of the experiences of edge communities. During her projects she has pioneered ethnographic techniques such as live fieldnote taking, which uses social media tools to share real-time fieldwork data.

She is a visiting scholar at New York University's Information Telecommunication Program and a fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She is also an advisory board member of Rev Arts in New York City. She is currently writing a book about the internet in China as an expressive space in which users uniquely shape their identities in an otherwise rigid society, a phenomenon she calls "the Elastic Self". She is the proud owner of an internet famous dog who balances stuff on her head, #ellethedog.