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Angela VandenBroek

PhD Candidate in Anthropology, Binghamton University

Web Producer, Platypus: The CASTAC Blog

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About Angela

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 email.





21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook

H. James Birx | SAGE (2010) | ISBN: 1412957389

Chapter: Agency and Practice Theory, Angela Kristin VandenBroek (pgs. 480-487)

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Via 100 entries or "mini-chapters," 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of anthropology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume set provides undergraduate majors with an authoritative reference source that serves their research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but in a clear, accessible style, devoid of jargon, unnecessary detail or density.
Key Features- Emphasizes key curricular topics, making it useful for students researching for term papers, preparing for GREs, or considering topics for a senior thesis, graduate degree, or career.- Comprehensive, providing full coverage of key subthemes and subfields within the discipline, such as applied anthropology, archaeology and paleontology, sociocultural anthropology, evolution, linguistics, physical and biological anthropology, primate studies, and more.- Offers uniform chapter structure so students can easily locate key information, within these sections: Introduction, Theory, Methods, Applications, Comparison, Future Directions, Summary, Bibliography & Suggestions for Further Reading, and Cross References.- Available in print or electronically at SAGE Reference Online, providing students with convenient, easy access to its contents.


Superconnected: the Internet, digital media, and techno-social life

Angela Kristin VandenBroek (2017) | Information, Communication & Society 20(12): 1834-1836 |

Tweeting Sweden: Technological Solutionism, #RotationCuration, and the World's Most Democratic Twitter Account

Angela Kristin VandenBroek (2015) | Interface: A special topics journal 1(1) |