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Rob Walker, author of Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are (2008), is a Yahoo! News columnist and contributor to Design Observer. Previously he was a contributing writer and columnist for The New York Times Magazine and created the Ad Report Card column for Slate. He is also the author of Letters From New Orleans (2005); the co-founder, with Joshua Glenn, of SignificantObjects.com, an ongoing experiment in storytelling, objects, and value (book version forthcoming in 2011 from Fantagraphics); and founding collaborator of the Unconsumption project. Rob is often called on as an expert commentator on the subject of material culture and branding, notably in the documentary Objectified. University lectures include Hearst Visiting Lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin (College of Communication); Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies’ IEM Spring Lecture Series; Hitesman Visiting Lecturer, Louisiana State University (School of Mass Communication); “Colloquium on Design Criticism,” Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.
BS, Radio-Television-Film (Critical-Cultural Studies), University of Texas at Austin, 1990