Angela Kristin VandenBroek

Anthropology, Design, and Web Development in Holland, Michigan

Angela Kristin VandenBroek

Anthropology, Design, and Web Development in Holland, Michigan

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I am an anthropology PhD candidate at Binghamton University doing research at the intersection of sociocultural anthropology and science and technology studies (STS). I hold a BS and MA in anthropology, have taught anthropology at the University of Southern Mississippi and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, and have more than a decade of experience in professional web development and design. Since 2013, I have served as the web producer for the Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing (CASTAC), responsible for developing and managing CASTAC’s digital services and projects.

My current research is an investigation of the tensions between Swedish entrepreneurs’ ambitions and anxieties for building futures and Stockholm’s startup ecosystem (SthlmTech) that professes to support and advocate for their projects. Based on twelve months of fieldwork in and around SthlmTech, my dissertation is a collection of stories and reflections from entrepreneurs, investors, executives, developers, evangelists, and other ecosystem stakeholders that are contextualized and unsettled through an analysis of ecosystem histories, infrastructures, and epistemologies. This research has been supported by a $23,000 fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and a visiting researcher position at Stockholm University’s Department of Social Anthropology.

My wider research and teaching interests include: science and technology studies (STS); feminist STS; innovation studies; futures and foresight; expertise and ignorance; infrastructure; digital anthropology; and design anthropology and anthropologies of design.

Beyond that, I am also an avid minecrafter, a whovian, the wife of a fantastic cook, and a general nerd. The best way to get in touch is by emailing me at akvbroek@gmail.com.

  • Work
    • Freelance Design
  • Education
    • PhD Candidate, Anthropology, Binghamton University
    • MA, Anthropology, University of Southern Mississippi.
    • BA, Anthropology, Grand Valley State University.