David joined the Smarty Pants team in late 2020. As a Research Prodigy, he supports all phases of the research process – from conceptualization and design of projects, to research fielding and analysis, to the creation of final deliverables. His work spans healthcare, toy and game, and retail clients.

Eternally a student of social patterns and global cultures, David came to Smarty Pants to build on his natural curiosity and achieve real impact. He is passionate about using rigorous qualitative methods and compelling storytelling to help clients enhance their understanding of brands, products, and consumers.

In his former life as an academic, David designed and executed award-winning research projects on religion and culture in Africa requiring high levels of intercultural competence. His published academic research has appeared in the International Journal of African Historical Studies, Journal of Mormon History, and Religions. Additionally, David has served in a variety of editorial roles and regularly organized conferences and workshops to promote interdisciplinary collaboration.

David received both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history from Boston University, where he was a Title IV Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow in Awka, Nigeria. Prior to Boston University, David graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where he also spent a year studying at the esteemed University of Oxford.

Raised in Salt Lake City, UT, David (who also goes by “Dima”) lives in Walla Walla, WA. In his spare time, he can be found cycling (or “grinding gravel”) in the Blue Mountains or trying to tame his unruly tomatoes and peppers as an amateur gardener.

dhurlbut@asksmartypants.com

Fun Facts

  • Was one of the first Russian children adopted by Americans after the fall of the Soviet Union
  • Was interviewed on the local TV news as a child because he and a friend ran a lemonade stand in the middle of winter
  • Aspires to own all of English humorist P.G. Wodehouse’s 90+ books, but lacks the shelf space
  • “Cat dad” to Olive, a tyrannical Snowshoe Siamese, and Scout, an oh-so-sweet, Polydactyl Tortoiseshell Siamese (she’s got mittens!)
  • Firmly believes that “The Magicians” is the best TV show of the past half decade