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Stephen C. Rea

I am a Ph.D. cultural anthropologist researching how people approach, use, and experience digital and mobile media. I have done fieldwork in South Korea with digital gamers and e-sports fans, researched digital financial services and cooperative financial institutions in the United States, and developed teaching modules about confronting digital extremism, among many other projects. I am currently researching crowdsourcing platforms with colleagues at the Colorado School of Mines.

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With over ten years of practical experience using qualitative research methods, I apply critical thinking and interpretive analysis informed by an ethnographic sensibility to solving problems through careful, iterative research. Based on insights gained through observing everyday practices, I address shifting expectations for labor, community, and financial wellbeing in the contemporary world, and identify gaps between people's needs and desires and the tools that are available to them. I use communication skills honed as an educator at some of the world's top universities to make the implications of my research legible for multiple stakeholder groups.