Andrea Wiggins

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Andrea Wiggins' Life

As a PhD Candidate studying Information Science & Technology at Syracuse University’s iSchool, my life revolves around research. My academic background includes a Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information (2007) and a BA in Mathematics from Alma College (2000). In between degrees, I spent a few years working professionally in nonprofit management and information technology.

In addition to my academic pursuits, I also enjoy travel and spending time with my husband Everett. We love the outdoors, especially hiking the Finger Lakes Trail and backpacking in the Adirondacks as often as we can get away. The rest of the time, I’m online – you can find me under the handle AniKarenina, a combination of my nickname (Ani) and the title of my favorite book (Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina).

Photography is one of my passions, and I own over a dozen film cameras plus two digital cameras. I particularly enjoy lo-fi and vintage film cameras, and have a small collection of working 16mm subminiature models. My work has appeared in the New York Times and in several international technology magazines, as well as in juried art exhibits.

I learned how to knit at the public library when I was about 8 years old, which means that I’ve been knitting for well over two decades now. I prefer to make functional objects such as garments, and I occasionally do a little handspinning with a drop spindle. The design work of choosing materials and customizing patterns is an interesting and rewarding challenge.