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. 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 an edited volume, as research reports, and in peer-reviewed journals, always training attention on the ingenuity and perseverance of people facing adversity. Dr. Rubinov is a Senior Consultant at the Public Equity Group. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from Princeton University, an MA in International Development & Social Change from Clark University and a BA in Anthropology from Cornell University.


Research Community

Shazeda Ahmed, PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley, School of Information

Leah M. Ashe, PhD, Cardiff University, Planning and Geography; Postdoctoral scholar, University of Notre Dame’s Center for Science, Technology, and Values

Bianca Vienni Baptista, PhD, Postdoctoral researcher, ETH Zürich (Switzerland), USYS Transdisciplinary Lab (TDLab)

Renata Barreto, JD/PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley, Jurisprudence & Social Policy

Marten Boekelo, PhD, Postdoctoral scholar, Wageningen University, Environmental Policy; PhD, University of Amsterdam

Bidisha Chaudhuri, PhD, Assistant Professor, International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore

Ivana Damnjanović, PhD, University of Belgrade, Political Theory

Gabriele de Seta, PhD, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Sociology

Zoe Rose Hatten, PhD, Australian National University, Anthropology

Torin S. Jones, PhD Candidate, Stanford University, Anthropology

Kalpana Shankar, PhD, Professor, University College Dublin

Joanna Steinhardt, PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz, Anthropology

Tomo Sugimoto, PhD, Stanford University, Anthropology; Postdoctoral scholar, Yale University