Hi! My name is Evan, and I am currently a PhD student in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. I consider myself an anthropologist of the digital (people and things).

My dissertation project asks how servers serve as sites of memory and culture. This ethnographic work examines the practices and ideologies of online gamers, gaming enthusiasts, and digital preservationists to understand how virtual world (or online game) servers, across time and space, are experienced and imagined as infrastructural, spatial, social, material, and virtual.

Advising me on this project are Drs. Tom Boellstorff, Keith Murphy, Valerie Olson, Bonnie Nardi, and Aaron Trammell.

Keywords: virtual worlds, memory and nostalgia, infrastructures and environments, queer studies, digital media preservation, United States