Nadia Asparouhova

Trying to understand how people work. I focus on "zero to one" research: unanswered questions about the world – often hiding in plain sight – that lack a descriptive framework. My work has been supported by Emergent Ventures, Schmidt Futures, Ford Foundation, Ethereum Foundation, Protocol Labs, and others.

I think theory should derive from practice, so in addition to writing to understand a topic, I like to find ways to test those ideas in the "real world." I've worked at GitHub and Substack in pursuit of those interests, and my work usually has a strong ethnographic approach: trying to understand a place or a thing based on how people actually use it.

I'm currently researching the jhanas, a set of altered mental states that are induced via sustained concentration. I'm interested in how they work, how to make them more accessible, and their therapeutic potential.

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I also published a book: Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software (Stripe Press).

(Note: I changed my last name; you can also find my work under Nadia Eghbal.)

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