Smiti Nathan

Currently, I'm based at Johns Hopkins University where I'm an Assistant Director of Life Design. I help students employ design thinking informed methods to reflect on their own experiences while pursuing new ones. My 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. I enjoy sharing what I do with diverse audiences through digital content creation.

What I Do

Life Design

I harness design thinking methods to tackle key questions and major decisions surrounding key facets of a person’s life including education, career, and overall life’s ambitions and purpose.


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.