An Anthropologist by training and a Design Researcher at THRIVE, Whitney values the importance of socio-cultural factors in shaping human experience through the design of products and services.


As a consultant, Whitney has conducted cultural analysis and ethnography for major international clients on the shopping habits of mothers, the culture of quick-service restaurants, sensory experiences surrounding shopping, and consumption patterns of sports fans. Most recently, she served as the cultural lead for a project on digital economy and financial inclusion in Africa and as an ethnographer for an oncology patient experience project.

Whitney is Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Emory University, where she has brought Business Anthropology into the curriculum. She has also taught classes on cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, food and culture, sustainability, and European cultures at Agnes Scott College and Georgia State University.

Originally from upstate New York, Whitney has called Atlanta home since her undergrad years at Emory University, where she earned her bachelor’s, master’s degree and Ph.D. in Anthropology. For her dissertation, Whitney designed and conducted long-term ethnographic field research on agricultural change, livelihoods, and tourism in Italy. She has presented her work to the Society for Applied Anthropology and is active in the Global Business Anthropology Network.


When she’s not conducting fieldwork, Whitney loves to work in her garden and hang out with her lab mix, Moose.