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I am a cognitive sociologist. I study the ways in which membership in social groups influences the ways individuals think, focusing especially on cultural, categorical boundaries and classificatory schema. I am also an ethnographer, exploring the ways concepts and categorical boundaries manifest in and are reflected, challenged, and changed by more visible behaviors. I work closely with user-centered designers and architects as well. In addition, I am extremely interested in the ways social structure and group membership influence the behavior of nonhuman animals, especially the other great apes, and the consequences of this for objects, environments, and systems specifically designed to support them.