In this episode of the Anthro to UX podcast, Bo Wang speaks with Matt Artz about his UX journey, his research in Tibet, and what he learned from working side by side with a design firm. Bo earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and works as a User Experience Researcher for Best Buy.
About Bo Wang
Bo Wang is an anthropologist and user experience researcher at Best Buy. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.A. in Anthropology with an emphasis on history from Peking University, and a B.A. in Sociology from Nanjing University.
Previous to Best Buy, he was a senior postdoctoral researcher at the Lab of Cultural and Social Anthropology in the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Bo also worked as a data analyst in Beijing before entering his Ph.D. program.
Bo has conducted research in environmental and medical anthropology with a focus on waste and society, aging care, and public policy. His book project, Sacred Trash, and Personhood: Living with Daily Waste Infrastructures in the East Himalayas, examines how cultural concepts of waste manifest themselves through touristic encounters between Tibetan and Han people in the Himalayan mountain paths filled with solid waste and sacred objects.