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 spent the last few years trying to understand parasocial communities and reputation-based economies, working at Substack until recently. I'm currently exploring new ideas but have a topic on the horizon - stay tuned.

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 called Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software (available here).

I occasionally write on this website (RSS). You can view my notes here. For future updates, you can sign up for my 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: I am overwhelmed by messages right now. I'd love to be able to respond to everyone, but if you don't hear back, it's not personal! I'm trying my best. (I am also more responsive to short emails.)

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