Bonnie Nardi

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Professor Emeritus

Bonnie Nardi is an anthropologist whose most recent work concerns virtual worlds. Her book, My Life as a Night Elf Priest: An Anthropological Account of World of Warcraft, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2010. She is co-author (with Tom Boellstorff, Celia Pearce and T.L. Taylor) of the forthcoming Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: A Handbook of Method (Princeton University Press). Nardi is known as the lead author of Information Ecologies: Using Technology with Heart (Nardi & O'Day 1998). She is also well known for her work on activity theory. She is a full-time professor in the Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine where she leads the TechDec research lab. Prior to teaching at the University of California, she worked at AT&T Labs, Agilent, and Apple labs. She is among anthropologists who have been employed by high-tech companies to examine consumers' behavior in their homes and offices. Nardi collaborated with Victor Kaptelinin and wrote Acting with Technology: Activity Theory and Interaction Design. This book discusses Activity Theory and it creates a base for understanding our relationship with technology. Her interests are in the

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