Genevieve Bell

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Genevieve Bell
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Born Sydney
Alma mater Bryn Mawr College
Stanford University
Occupation Anthropologist

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.[1] In 2012, Bell was inducted to the Women In Technology International Hall of Fame.[2]

Early life[edit]

Genevieve Bell was born in Sydney and raised in a range of Australian communities, including Melbourne, Canberra, and in the Northern Territory.[3][4] For college she moved to the United States where she attended Bryn Mawr College in the Philadelphia area.[3] 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.[3][4] In 1993, she earned her Master's degree from Stanford, followed by a Doctorate in 1998, both in Anthropology.[3] She was also a lecturer at Stanford in the anthropology department.[3]


Bell was a researcher at Stanford until she was hired by Intel Corporation in 1998.[5][6] The company named her an Intel Fellow in November 2008 for her work in the Digital Home Group.[7] 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.[5][6][8] In 2010, Intel made her the director of their new Interaction and Experience Research group.[5] 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.[1][9][4] Bell is also a Thinker in Residence for South Australia. [10]

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.[11]

In 2012, Bell was inducted to the Women In Technology International Hall of Fame.[2]


  1. ^ a b Rogoway, Mike (July 30, 2010). "More VC fuel for Oregon, Rainn Wilson shoots back: Silicon Forest week in review". The Oregonian ( Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "WITI Announces 2012 Hall of Fame Award Honorees: Dr. Genevieve Bell; Dr. Jane Lubchenco; Dr. Joanne Martin; Ms. Gwynne Shotwell". May 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Genevieve Bell". Intel Fellow. Intel. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c McGirt, Ellen. "45 Genevieve Bell". 100 Most Creative People in Business. Fast Company. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c Rogoway, Mike (June 30, 2010). "Intel makes anthropologist Genevieve Bell head of new research group". The Oregonian. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Barnett, Megan (June 12, 2005). "Keeping An Eye On You". U.S. News & World Report. 
  7. ^ Rogoway, Mike (November 10, 2008). "Intel honors Oregon researchers". The Oregonian ( Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
  8. ^ Hoevel, Ann (July 13, 2010). "Geeks: Smart, harmless, authentic, exploited?". CNN. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
  9. ^ Perkins, Tony (July 29, 2010). "The 2010 Top 25 Women in Tech to Watch". AlwaysOn. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Adelaide Thinkers In Residence - Genevieve Bell". Retrieved 17 Dec 2013. 
  11. ^ MIT Press page for "Divining a Digital Future."

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