Neal Swisher is a Ph.D Candidate in the Media, Art & Text program at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has a background in philosophy, cognitive science, cultural studies and information technology. Neal is writing his dissertation on the personal and cultural effects of wearable devices that quantify bodily movement. His interests include the definition "health" practiced through fitness trackers, the fetishization of data, and the cultural significance of the "quantified-self" movement. He has a BA from Franklin & Marshall College, and a Masters degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation is titled: "Tracking the Body with Digital Tools: Implications for Health, Culture and Identity."