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I'm a full stack web developer with a PhD in cultural anthropology. Especially interested in building software that fits real human needs and solves real problems.

Location: Atlanta, GA

Remote: Yes

Willing to relocate: No

Technologies: Javascript/CSS/HTML (esp. Ember.js), Ruby/Rails, Python, Node, Postgres, Redis, some PHP.

Résumé: https://decasia.org/docs/et-tech.pdf

Story behind résumé: https://decasia.org/tech.html

Email: eli.thorkelson at gmail






How many people have asked you how you got from cultural anthropology to being a developer?

I have a doctoral degree in cultural anthropology and get asked constantly how I made the switch. I'd love to hear your story. . .


Hmm, you know, people don't actually ask me this all that much, because I've just always done both development and anthropology alongside each other. So I've had to make tradeoffs to balance between the two, but I have never really had to make a single switch from one to the other.

In my experience, most anthropologists don't understand technical work very clearly, so it's kind of opaque to them.


would love to hear yours too. been considering a career change and always find it interesting.



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