Morgan G. Ames draws on training in anthropology, communication, and computer science to research the ways we make sense of new technologies in our everyday lives. She is finishing her PhD in Stanford University’s Department of Communication in spring 2013 and is a former National Science Foundation graduate fellow.
Morgan’s current research focuses on the role of mythology in the design and use of technology. She is investigating the social meanings of the One Laptop Per Child project, tracing its intellectual history at MIT and assessing its deployments across the Americas. She spent six months in 2010 conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Paraguay, and is also involved with OLPC research initiatives in Perú, Uruguay, Haiti, Australia, and Birmingham, Alabama.
Morgan’s doctoral work was advised by Professor Fred Turner at Stanford, and she also completed the requirements for a PhD minor in anthropology. She earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from UC Berkeley in spring 2004 and a Master’s degree in information science from UC Berkeley in spring 2006.