As a Swiss-born Slovakian who grew up bi-culturally and bi-lingually, Susanne has always been fascinated in studying how diversity in human values and cultural backgrounds impact behavior. For her MA, she majored in Cultural Anthropology and minored in Social Pedagogy and International Law at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Susanne’s rich array of professional experiences inform her unique viewpoint on UX research. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in rural Eastern Slovakia, worked in a shelter for asylum seekers in Switzerland, served as a researcher for the Swiss Red Cross in Bulgaria and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research. After relocating to Boulder, Colorado, she taught courses on qualitative research methods at the University of Colorado. Susanne enjoys traveling, walking, hiking, running, and generally immersing herself in nature year round. She loves spending time with her family, including five rescued pets and is constantly finding ways to create with her hands through gardening, landscaping, upcycling thrift shop furniture, baking, and knitting. Susanne is also a self-taught textile designer who ran a small business creating fabrics using the “indigo blueprint” technique historically used in parts of Eastern Europe.