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Christina Wasson’s work is motivated by a passion for three Cs: communication, collaboration, and community-building, in both face-to-face and online contexts. On the one hand, these concepts are objects of investigation for Christina. On the other, they are characteristics of her team-oriented approach to research.
To investigate the three Cs, Christina travels across the fields of design anthropology, anthropology of technology, linguistic anthropology, and organizational anthropology. Her work is both theoretical and applied.
Christina was trained as a linguistic anthropologist. After finishing her Ph.D., she worked for E-Lab, a design firm that used anthropological research to develop new product ideas. Here she developed an interest in the emergent field of design anthropology. She was a founding member of the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC) steering committee.
Current and Recent Research
User-Centered Design of Language Archives
More than half of the world’s 7,000 or so languages are at risk of no longer being spoken by the end of this century. Online language archives can potentially play a valuable role in language preservation and revitalization. This research trajectory brings the fields of language archives and user-centered design into dialogue, with the goal of improving users’ experiences with language archives and making them more accessible and useful. The first step was a workshop in February 2016 (funded by NSF grants 1543763 and 1543828). Christina is currently collaborating on the development of several language archives.
|Collaborators||Gary Holton, Heather Roth, Shobhana Chelliah, Alexis Palmer, Rodney Nielsen, Emma Nalin, students in 2016 Design Anthropology class|
Wasson, C., G. Holton and H. Roth. 2017. Bringing User-Centered Design to the Field of Language Archives. To appear in Language Documentation and Conservation.
Al Smadi, D., S. Barnes, M. Blair, M. Chong, R. Cole-Jett, A. Davis, S. Hardisty, J. Hooker, C. Jackson, T. Kennedy, J. Klein, B. LeMay, M. Medina, K. Saintonge, A. Vu, and C. Wasson. 2016. Exploratory User Research for CoRSAL. Report prepared by students of UNT Design Anthropology class for S. Chelliah, Director of the Computational Resource for South Asian Languages (CoRSAL).
Meetings and Networks: A New Approach to the Analysis of Participatory Decision-Making
Christina and Julia Gluesing combined their areas of expertise to develop a novel approach to the analysis of participatory decision-making that integrates methods for analyzing the meetings where decisions get made with methods for analyzing interactions among the broader social networks that influence what happens in the meetings. (Funded by NSF grant 1408169).
|When||2013-2015; to be continued|
|Collaborators||Julia Gluesing, Elizabeth Sidler, Ken Riopelle|
Wasson, C. 2016. Integrating Conversation Analysis and Issue Framing to Illuminate Collaborative Decision-Making Activities. Discourse and Communication 10(4):378-411.
Wasson, C. and J. Gluesing. 2015. A Wicked Methodology for the Analysis of Wicked Problems: Integrating the Analysis of Meetings and Networks. Proceedings of the 59th Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences.
Gluesing, J., C. Wasson and K. Riopelle. 2017. Environmental Governance in Multi-Stakeholder Contexts: Integrating the Analysis of Decision-Making in Meetings with the Analysis of Network Interactions. To appear in Networked Governance: New Research Perspectives, ed. Betina Hollstein, Wenzel Matiaske, and Kai-Uwe Schnapp. Berlin: Springer.
The Social Life of the Car
|Collaborators||Brigitte Jordan, students in 2014 Design Anthropology class|
Jordan, B. and C. Wasson. 2015. Autonomous Vehicle Study Builds Bridges between Industry and Academia. Proceedings of the 2015 Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference, 24-35.
Jordan, B., C. Wasson, and H. Roth. 2015. Ethnographic Study Lifts the Hood on What REALLY Goes On Inside That Car. Blog post on EPICpeople. https://www.epicpeople.org/ethnographic-study-lifts-the-hood/.
User Research for the UNT Data Warehousing/Analytics/Dashboards Initiative
The goal of this study was identification of the key decision-making data needs of UNT’s Chancellor and Presidents, Cabinet Members, and Vice Chancellors, to inform the development of a complete redesign of UNT’s data warehousing system.
|Collaborators||William Moen, Heather Roth, Rama Dhuwaraha, members of the UNT Data Warehousing/Analytics/Dashboards (D.A.D.) Initiative Team|
1996 Ph.D., Anthropology, Yale University
1989 M.Phil., Anthropology, Yale University
1987 B.A., Linguistics and Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley
Other Selected Publications
Aiken, Jo, Victoria Schlieder and Christina Wasson. 2014. “No More Cakes and Ale?”: Discovering Ethical Gray Areas in a Design Anthropology Class. Journal of Business Anthropology Special Issue 1:38-61.
Wasson, Christina. 2013. “It was Like a Little Community”: An Ethnographic Study of Online Learning and its Implications for MOOCs. Proceedings of the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference, 161-174.
Squires, Susan, Christina Wasson, and Ann Jordan. 2014. Training the Next Generation: Business Anthropology at the University of North Texas. In Handbook of Anthropology in Business, ed. Rita Denny and Patricia Sunderland. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press, 346-361.
Wasson, Christina and Crysta Metcalf. 2013. Teaching Design Anthropology through University-Industry Partnerships. In Design Anthropology: Between Theory and Practice, ed. Wendy Gunn, Ton Otto and Rachel Charlotte Smith. London: Berg, 216-231.
Wasson, Christina. 2013. Virtual Organizations. In A Companion to Organizational Anthropology, ed. D. Douglas Caulkins and Ann T. Jordan. Hoboken: Blackwell Publishing, 346-361.
Wasson, Christina, Mary Odell Butler, and Jacqueline Copeland-Carson, eds. 2012. Applying Anthropology in the Global Village. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.
Review on Kiwanja.net: http://www.kiwanja.net/blog/2011/08/anthropologists-in-a-global-village/
Wasson, Christina. 2009. Linguistic Anthropology. In The Handbook of Business Discourse, ed. Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 194-212.
Wasson, Christina, ed. 2006. Making History at the Frontier: Women Creating Careers as Practicing Anthropologists. NAPA Bulletin 26.
Wasson, Christina. 2006. Being in Two Spaces at Once: Virtual Meetings and Their Representation. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 16(1):103-130.
Wasson, Christina. 2004. Multitasking in Virtual Meetings. Human Resource Planning 27(4):47-60.
Wasson, Christina. 2004. The Paradoxical Language of Enterprise. Critical Discourse Studies 1(2):175-199.
Wasson, Christina. 2002. Collaborative Work: Integrating the Roles of Ethnographers and Designers. In Creating Breakthrough Ideas: the Collaboration of Anthropologists and Designers in the Product Development Industry, ed. Susan Squires and Bryan Byrne. Westport: Bergin & Garvey, 71-90.
Wasson, Christina. 2000. Caution and Consensus in American Business Meetings. Pragmatics 10(4):457-481.
Wasson, Christina. 2000. Ethnography in the Field of Design. Human Organization 59(4):377-388.
Travel Narratives (Non-Academic)