1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Rafael C. Alvarado

Research Professor, Data Science Institute

PO Box 400600/400249

Office Hours:

By appointment

Rafael C. Alvarado, Ph.D., is currently Research Faculty at the Data Science Institute, Associate Director of SHANTI, and lecturer in Anthropology and Media Studies. A career digital humanist, he has divided his time between building software and organizations that support the scholarly use of technology and studying digital technology as a cultural form and agent in the construction of identities and social systems. Rafael received his B.A. in Philosophy and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Virginia and served as co-director of the Educational Technologies Center at Princeton University, Executive Director of Teaching and Technology Services at the University of South Carolina, and Director of Academic Technology Services at Dickinson College before returning to Virginia in 2009. Rafael has taught courses in the anthropology of information at Princeton, Dickinson, and Virginia, and has developed SHANTI's Media Studies courses on the digital liberal arts. His research interests include the anthropology of digital media and knowledge production, comparative ontology, and the cultural history of the internet. His expertise is in digital humanities, anthropology of digital culture, and cultural analytics. A writer and hacker, he has published essays on the topics of Mayan digital scholarship, the digital humanities, and science fiction, and has written code for several projects, including the Princeton Charrette Project. You can follow him on Twitter at @ontoligent.