|Alma mater||Bryn Mawr College
Genevieve Bell is an Australian anthropologist and researcher. Born in Sydney, she is the director of Intel Corporation's Interaction and Experience Research and was the 15th Thinker in Residence in South Australia. In 2010, Bell was named as one of the top 25 women in technology to watch by AlwaysOn. In 2012, Bell was inducted to the Women In Technology International Hall of Fame.
Genevieve Bell was born in Sydney and raised in a range of Australian communities, including Melbourne, Canberra, and in the Northern Territory. For college she moved to the United States where she attended Bryn Mawr College in the Philadelphia area. Bell graduated from Bryn Mawr in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in anthropology and then went on to attend Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, for graduate studies. In 1993, she earned her Master's degree from Stanford, followed by a Doctorate in 1998, both in Anthropology. She was also a lecturer at Stanford in the anthropology department.
Bell was a researcher at Stanford until she was hired by Intel Corporation in 1998. The company named her an Intel Fellow in November 2008 for her work in the Digital Home Group. She was based at one of the company's campuses in Hillsboro, Oregon, where she worked as a cultural anthropologist studying how different cultures around the globe used technology. In 2010, Intel made her the director of their new Interaction and Experience Research group. Also that year, she was named one of the top 25 women in technology to watch by AlwaysOn and as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. Bell is also a Thinker in Residence for South Australia.
Her book, "Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing," written in collaboration with Paul Dourish, is an exploration of the social and cultural aspects of ubiquitous computing, with a particular focus on the disciplinary and methodological issues that have shaped the ubiquitous computing research agenda. The book was published by MIT Press in 2011.
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