About Jen


I currently live in Seattle, WA with my husband and our two cats.  This is ironic given I swore Seattle off after visiting briefly during the 2006 SfAA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, B.C.  I hated Seattle on that trip- it was cold, rainy, and dingy looking.  And, it wasn’t Florida.  I was born in Florida and lived there for 24 years minus a year detour in Southern Georgia.  We ended up in Seattle when I took an internship doing market research for my masters.  I worked with my internship sponsor, Intrepid Consultants, for over 2 1/2 years and recently resigned so that I can pursue something new.  It looks like I’ll have a little time off so I’ll spend it working on the SfAA Podcast Project and the NAPA website.

I graduated from the University of North Texas with a masters in applied anthropology.  I was the first class to enter into the UNT online masters program which turned out to be a great experience for me.  During my three years in the UNT program, I did research about the online and on-campus graduate experiences with Christina Wasson and Megan Bannon.  This research was very interesting as it ended up giving credibility to the online masters and we were able to use the results to enhance online courses at UNT.  I also hold a BA degree in applied anthropology from the University of South Florida.

I’ve recently gotten into photography after wishing I could pick it up for years and years.

Research interests:

online communication, web2.0, social media, developers, technology, linguistics, HCI

I am very interested in making anthropology accessible to students and non-anthropologists.  This was my inspiration for the SfAA Podcasts.

The opinions expressed within this website are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my past, current, or future employers.

5 thoughts on “About Jen”

  1. Nicole Collier said:

    Aloha Jen,
    As someone applying for the UNT online Master’s program in applied anthropology for fall 2010, I want to let you know that your website is wonderful! I have similar interests in anthropology and technology. The posts on here are not only insightful for my interest in the MA but also into the field of applied anthropology as a whole. Thanks for making this webpage!
    Mahalo from Hawaii,

    • Hi Nicole,

      Thank you so much for your feedback! I’m very happy to hear you’ve found it useful. Please feel free to email me if you have questions about UNT. I graduated last year but I’m still very involved with the department. Good luck on your application!

  2. Jen,

    Glad you ended up liking Seattle!

    I took anthropology class my freshman year of college and loved it. Almost majored in it actually. Like my degree, economics, anthropology seems to have many similarities since they are both social sciences.


  3. I’d really like to get in touch with you regarding your research. How can I best reach you?

  4. HI Sekai,

    You can email me at jen.cardew (at) gmail (dot) com. I’ve been doing a ton of work with developers and start-ups over the last year and a half so I’m looking forward to hearing about your research too!

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