Angela Kristin VandenBroek
Director of the Innovative Anthropologies Lab
Ph.D. Anthropology, Binghamton University, 2021
M.A. Anthropology, University of Southern Mississippi, 2010
B.S. Anthropology, Grand Valley State University 2005
science and technology studies (STS); feminist STS; business anthropology, design anthropology, applied anthropology
innovation; entrepreneurship; technologies; design; futures and foresight; expertise; ignorance and agnotology; and infrastructure
Angela (she/her) is a sociocultural anthropologist with a PhD in anthropology from Binghamton University. She has additionally worked as an applied anthropologist in design, branding, and information technologies since 2008—both within organizations and as a freelancer. Broadly speaking, her work sits at the intersection of business and design anthropology and science and technology studies and focuses on how ambitions for better futures by states, citizens and entrepreneurs are coopted and reformed by innovation culture and its infrastructures. She's conducted research in Stockholm Sweden’s startup and innovation ecosystem (#SthlmTech) and has started new research among entrepreneurs in the Texas innovation cooridor between Austin and San Antonio.
She is also the web producer for the Committee for the Anthropology of Science Technology and Computing (CASTAC) in the General Anthropology Division of the American Anthropological Association and a leader for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Apply Club in the Applied Anthropology Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists.