My name is Evan, and I am currently a PhD candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. I am also a fellow with the Technology, Law, and Society Program at UCI, and a Contributing Editor at the CASTAC blog and the American Anthropologist website.

My dissertation project examines servers as sites of culture and memory, inquiring into what it means to be "on" a server. From nostalgic players and maintainers of privately-run, out-of-date versions of World of Warcraft; to volunteer curators and software engineers at a local museum project; to veteran gamers interacting with commemorative server hardware, this project asks how online gamers and server engineers make sense of technology, place, memory, and law, categories of anthropological inquiry which take on new vitality in light of the “hidden” servers that power our online lives.

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

Research interests: digital anthropology; virtual worlds and online games; virtual world death and preservation; data geography and privacy; memory, nostalgia, and longing