Nadia Eghbal

I'm a writer and researcher who likes to understand how people work. I try to engage in both theory and practice, which means I'm always cycling between writing to understand a topic, then finding ways to test those ideas in the "real world."

I'm currently interested in parasocial communities and reputation-based economies. I work at Substack.

Previously, I focused on open source software, working independently and at GitHub to improve the developer experience. I recently published a book about open source developers called Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software (available here).

I occasionally write on this website (RSS), and I also publish my notes every month. For future updates, you can sign up for my monthly newsletter, where I share my writing, notes, and anything interesting I've read.

If you'd like to get in touch, find me on Twitter @nayafia or email Fair warning: If I don't respond, or take a very long time to respond, it's not personal, I'm just terrible at email (although I am more responsive to short emails).

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