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Lila Sharif awarded the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship

Grad student Lila Sharif has been awarded the prestigious  UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship. Lila’s dissertation, “Savory Politics: The Impact of Fair Trade Olive Oil Industries on Palestinian Livelihoods,”  uses the production and consumption of Palestinian olive oil trade as an optic to examine the broader issues of Palestinian identity and Palestinians’ relations with Israel. Lila will defend her thesis sometime this Summer.

Lila has also been selected to be a member of the UC San Diego Chapter of the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society for 2014.    Congratulations and well done Lila!


Recent grad a postdoc fellow at Harvard U.

Tricia Wang is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

During her time there, she will be turning her dissertation into a book that is tentatively titled, “Tales from the Chinese Internet.”  She will be giving a live streamed talk on Feb 18th for anyone who wants to see it. https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2014/02/wang

For anyone who wants to read the dissertation, it can be downloaded here. http://bit.ly/TALKINGTOSTRANGERS

Tricia also has a fellowship at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. Next year she will be teaching a course on ethnography for designers and engineers.

In addition to Tricia’s academic appointments, she has started a consulting firm where she brings in ethnographers and quantitative data scientists to transform how organizations conduct research.  In this upcoming O’reilly talk, Tricia will be talking a bit about what she does with companies: http://oreillynet.com/pub/e/3020 

Tricia recently gave the opening keynote talk at EPIC at the Royal Institution in London. It’s about the cultural construction of prediction and measurement. The talk transcript can be downloaded here: http:/bit.ly/ORALCES

Congratulations to Tricia on all her recent successes and accomplishments!

Prof. Madsen Interviewed About China’s Happiness

Check out Professor Madsen’s interview in the New York Review of Books: