A researcher, a social scientist, and a writer, Leah has worked for over 15 years in academic, startup, and publishing/media environments. Leah went back to earn a PhD in Sociology after spending a few years as IGN.com’s resident advice columnist, Ask Leah. She conducted ethnographic research in healthcare and health IT, focusing on the practices and culture of clinicians with respect to the adoption of electronic health records. Her training as an ethnographer along with her time spent writing about the dating problems of teenage videogamers gave her a deep love for research and for finding the best and most meaningful solution to the problem at hand.
Leah is the co-host of Let’s Make Mistakes on Mule Radio and was a guest on the inaugural episode of It Might Get Personal. Her influences include ‘60s soul, cats, Joey Ramone, avocados, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾, the Northern California coast, and buttermilk pie. She’s not a fan of people mansplaining things to her, so please don’t tell her why Steely Dan’s “Deacon Blues” is a great song. She enjoys photography and really does love long walks. Ask her sometime about androids, dumplings, Polaroid cameras, and self-portraiture.
Leah received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine, her MA in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University, and her BA in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mike Monteiro and Leah Reich of Mule Design talk mostly about design and how to do it, with a few tangents along the way.