I’m Josh, anthropologist.

I ask questions about how human beings get on in the world.

Where do we get our tastes, beliefs, and survival strategies?

How do we create new niches?

How do we give our lives meaning?

You could characterize my perspective as somatic ecology: I look at how our bodies and habits of bodily deportment shape and are shaped by the spaces where we live.

Consulting inquiries: I focus on projects that respond in some fashion to the question, What does a person, or a community, really need in order to flourish? If you’d like to work with me, drop me a line.

Writing and speaking inquiries: I am represented by Suresh Ariaratnam.


Since 2013 I’ve been visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences.

From 2014 through 2016 I led the computational social science strand of the Wellcome-funded research initiative Hubbub.

Computable Bodies won the 2016 PROSE Award in Language and Linguistics.

I experiment with audio-driven procedural video and recorded ambient sound.

I spend a lot of time living out of a knapsack.