FOUNDER; Executive Director

Alexa Hagerty is an anthropologist and co-founder of Dovetail Labs. Her research focuses on the intersection of human rights and technology. Trained in social science and philosophy, she is interested in how ethical ideals take shape in the real world and how technology mediates and shapes our lived ethical experiences. Her research has received honors and funding from the National Science Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the American Ethnological Society, and the Social Science Research Council, among others. She regularly publishes in academic journals and the popular press, with recent work appearing in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Social Anthropology, Terrain, Pacific Standard Magazine and at the museum Palais de Tokyo. She has a Master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a PhD from Stanford University.


Igor (Gary) Rubinov, PhD

co-FOUNDER; Director of Research

Gary is a scholar, practitioner, and activist completing his PhD in Anthropology at Princeton University. He has conducted nearly two years of ethnographic fieldwork in Central Asia and on the last visit rescued a delightful cat named Sula. His research has been funded by the NSF, SSRC, IREX and the Princeton Environmental Institute. Gary has published his research in peer-reviewed journals, edited monographs and as research reports, always training attention on the ingenuity and perseverance of people facing adversity. Gary is a Senior Consultant at the Public Equity Group. He holds an MA in International Development & Social Change from Clark University and a BA in Anthropology from Cornell University.