Christena Nippert-Eng

Christena Nippert-Eng

Professor , Informatics


Research interests

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.

Representative publications

Detecting Biological Samples Using Olfactory Sensors (2017)
Lee Hiler, Brook Foulk, Christena Nippert-Eng, Patrick C Shih
Animal Behavior Conference,

Primate Pathmaking (2016)
John Dominski, Christena Nippert-Eng
Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference Proceedings, 2016 (1), 553

From Quantified Self to Quantified Other: Engaging the Public on Promoting Animal Well-being ACM Classification Keywords (2016)
Patrick C Shih, Christena Nippert-Eng
ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Workshop on HCI Goes to the Zoo,

Islands of Privacy (2010)
Christena Nippert-Eng
University of Chicago Press.

Privacy in the United States: Some Implications for Design (2007)
Christena Nippert-Eng
International Journal of Design, 1 (2), 1-10

Boundary Play (2005)
Christena Nippert-Eng
Space and Culture, 8 (3), 302-324

Out of sight, out of mind: Thoughts on Gary Marx's essay on "Thomas I Voire" (2005)
Christena Nippert-Eng
Sociological Quarterly, 43 (3), 435-438

At Home with Computers by Elaine Lally:At Home with Computers (2003)
Christena Nippert-Eng
American Journal of Sociology, 109 (2), 557-558

Drawing the Line: Organizations and the Boundary Work of “Home” and “Work” (2003)
Christena Nippert-Eng
Managing Boundaries in Organizations: Multiple Perspectives , 262-280

Home and Work: Negotiating Boundaries through Everyday Life (1998)
Christena Nippert-Eng
Contemporary Sociology, 75 (4),

Balancing Acts (1996)
Diane N. Lye, Rosalind C. Barnett, Caryl Rivers, Scott Coltrane, Christena Nippert-Eng
 The Women s Review of Books, 14 (2), 5

Calendars and Keys: The Classification of “Home” and “Work” (1996)
Christena Nippert-Eng
Sociological Forum, 11 (3), 563-582

It's about time (1995)
Christena Nippert-Eng
Qualitative Sociology, 18 (4), 479-485