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Sasha Newell is a Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at NC State University. He is interested in the contribution that design makes to the field of anthropology and how the integration of the two might provide more channels for practicing anthropologists. Newell’s personal research, on collecting and hoarding, looks at the effects of consumer and material culture on what we value and how we behave socially and culturally.

His book, The Modernity Bluff: Crime, Consumption, and Citizenship in Côte d’Ivoire, addresses Newell’s interests in the processes of cultural engagement across sociocultural boundaries, the relationship between culture and materiality, and the critique of ideologies of modernity and rational subjectivity as tools of global hierarchization.