Heather A. Horst is Professor and Director of the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University.

A sociocultural anthropologist by training, she researches material culture and the mediation of social relations through digital media and technology.

Her books focused upon these themes include The Cell Phone: An Anthropology of Communication; Hanging Around, Messing Around and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media; Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practices; and The Moral Economy of Mobile Phones: Pacific Island Perspectives.

She is also writing a book with Robert Foster focused upon telecommunications after liberalisation in Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

Her current research examines the circulation of music in Melanesia (especially PNG) through mobile technologies, the global Fijian fashion system as well as ethnographic research on Automated Decision Making in different national contexts.