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Meet the President

Dr. Norman Stolzoff is an expert in the study of culture and consumer behavior with over 15 years of ethnographic research experience. He received a B.A. in anthropology from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. from University of California at Davis in Cultural Anthropology.

Prior to forming Ethnographic Insight, he taught anthropological theory and methods at San Francisco State University and Bowdoin College. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book Wake the Town and Tell the People: Dancehall Culture in Jamaica. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, universities, bookstores, and on the radio.

Pursuing his interest in the commercial application of anthropology and ethnography to the technology sector, he became a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations (CRITO) at the University of California, Irvine. At CRITO, he conducted in-depth ethnographic research that examined the adoption, use, and impact of personal computers on households in the U.S, Sweden, and India. (see Papers and Articles).

After leaving CRITO, Stolzoff became the Director of Qualitative Research at King, Brown and Partners, a market research firm in the Bay Area where he honed his research skills in technology. He founded Ethnographic Insight in 2001, in response to the tremendous opportunity in the marketplace for ethnographic research.

Dr. Norman Stolzoff has a successful track record in leveraging strategic research for transformative consumer experiences. He has deep expertise in understanding people in the context of everyday life, synthesizing insights, and translating opportunities to stakeholders to ignite passion and activate the innovation roadmap.

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Dr. Stolzoff has a long-standing interest and involvement in supporting business, technology, and practices that are earth-friendly and sustainable. These roots go back to the organic farming movement where he was a student at The UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems in 1989. It is our mission at Ethnographic Insight to contribute to the advancement of renewable energy and sustainable products and services.
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