Smiti Nathan

Currently, I'm a Senior UX Researcher at JPMorgan Chase where I design and conduct user research as part of multidisciplinary teams working on complex projects. My archaeological research focuses on human decision-making strategies in ancient Oman and Ethiopia. As the Co-Director of the Archaeological Water Histories of Oman (ArWHO) Project, I help design and translate research strategies across ARWHO’s diverse multi-disciplinary teams. From time to time, I conduct life and career design workshops for small groups. Overall, I enjoy sharing what I do with diverse audiences through digital content creation.

What I Do


I work in various parts of the design world from UX research to life design. My goal is to bring a justice and inclusive lens to all my work.


I am the founder and editor of two websites - Habits of a Travelling Archaeologist & Life Design Log. I micro-blog on multiple platforms, as well as contribute pieces to other websites.


I conduct archaeological research on ancient human decision-making in Oman and Ethiopia, specifically regarding community building for agricultural and food production purposes.


I disseminate knowledge in a variety of ways, which include teaching college-level courses, conducting short-form workshops, and detailing lessons online for other educators.