Ande (she/her) is a sociologist who works in the technology industry as a User Experience (UX) Researcher for Adobe. Having a foot in both technology and academia has put Ande in conversations about privilege, equity, and what change looks like. Ande's upbringing in suburban Boston in a socioeconomically advantaged family created opportunities for her that were not accessible to everyone. Recognizing this started her on a lifelong project to understand the roots of inequality and to work towards a more inclusive and just world.
After graduating from Colgate University in 2008 with a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies and Middle Eastern Studies, Ande enrolled in a doctoral program in Sociology at the University of Washington. There she completed a Qualitative Methods Certificate and did her fieldwork in Nepal as a Fulbright Fellow in the 2016-2017 academic year. Her research focused on the changing concepts of gender equality in the context of men's labor migration out of Nepal. She completed her doctoral studies in 2018.
Since joining the ranks of tech workers in Utah's Silicon Slopes, Ande brings her research training to her work every day at Adobe User Labs. In her day-to-day work, she conducts qualitative research with customers to better understand their experiences and needs. At Adobe, Ande has kept a foot in the sociological world and maintains a strong interest in equity.
Outside of research and work, Ande enjoys Utah's beautiful mountains year-round, works on sewing projects, and likes to explore new places near and far with her partner (who is also a sociologist).