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 exploring new ideas but have a topic on the horizon - stay tuned.

I spent the last few years trying to understand parasocial communities and reputation-based economies, which I first explored as an independent researcher at Protocol Labs. I put those ideas into practice by joining Substack, where I worked until recently.

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

I occasionally write on this website (RSS). If you're curious about its meta-ethos, check out this Q&A.

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