My name is Maria T. Brodine.  I am currently a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at Columbia University and have been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP). My research interests include material culture studies, art, media, internet and technology studies, pop culture, social movements, human and animal relations, and science studies. For my M.A. thesis, I conducted an online ethnography of NOLA blogs–that is, blogs authored by residents of New Orleans who lived through Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Now, I am beginning dissertation research on the social importance and reconstruction of the levees in New Orleans with special interest in practicing public anthropology–an anthropology engaged with and readily available to the public.

Prior to attending Columbia University, I obtained a B.A. in anthropology and english at San Diego State University. I graduated from SDSU magna cum laude with, more meaningfully, an award for outstanding studies in the department of anthropology. I obtained my high school diploma from Redlands High School in Redlands, California.

My interest in civic engagement through social science is deeply informed by my personal background. As the first person in my immediate family to obtain a college degree, I am deeply invested in facilitating conversations between the academy and the public. It is my feeling that the public would benefit from knowledge generated within the academy, and that the academy would greatly benefit from recognizing members of the public, who are directly involved with issues on the ground, as experts. It is also my belief that no science is apolitical. Anthropologists are deeply engaged in local politics while, at the same time, contributing to social theory on a broader level.

For more information on my past research endeavors or to look at my CV, please visit my website and my delicious links.  You can also follow me on Twitter, though I don’t post there much right now.


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