A/Professor Heather Horst is a Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. Prior to joining RMIT, she held research positions in interdisciplinary research centres at the University of Southern California, University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Irvine where she worked on large, collaborative research projects. She currently sits on the editorial boards of New Media & Society, Mobile Media & Communication, Information Technologies & International Development and the Emerald Studies in Media and Communication.
An anthropologist by training, Heather's research focuses upon understanding how digital media, technology and other forms of material culture mediate relationships, communication, learning, mobility and aspiration. Her books examining these themes include The Cell Phone: An Anthropology of Communication (Horst and Miller, Berg, 2006), Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with Digital Media (Ito, et al. 2010, MIT Press) and, most recently, Digital Anthropology (Horst and Miller, Eds., 2012, Berg). Her current research, supported by a ARC Discovery Grant and two ARC Linkage grants, explores transformations in the telecommunications industry and the emergence of new mobile media practices such as mobile money and locative media across the Asia-Pacific region.