As an applied researcher, Hester is passionate about applying the methodological tools and theoretical insights gleaned from her academic training in anthropology to the study of contemporary consumer culture and the development of impactful business and advertising strategies. She has experience conducting research for clients in a variety of industries, including media and TV, technology, health and personal care, finance, and food and beverage. 

In her free time, Hester likes to travel and document everyday ephemera with her camera in her neighborhood in Queens, NY.

Hester received her PhD in cultural anthropology from The Johns Hopkins University in 2012.  Her doctoral dissertation explored local engagements with and interpretations of state law among marginalized rural communities in South India. She also has a BA in South Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University.