Cranes by  Emily Vanhoff


I am a philosopher and social scientist with experience in the areas of design, labor, feminist science and technology (STS), material culture, ethics, and critical theory. My previous work dealt with the critical aspects of design and its possibilities for fostering political agency. My latest and work explores the history of Do it yourself (DIY) forms of making as a source of expertise, innovation, and social critique. I am interested in the way these socio-technical praxes intersect with broader discourses about labor, technology, education, race, disability, gender, neoliberalism, and colonialism. 

I am a PhD student in Communication and Science Studies at the University of California San Diego. I hold an MA in Design Studies from Parsons the School of Design and a BA in Humanities and Philosophy by PUCP

I also manage  The Instructions Archive; a virtual collection of instructions, manuals, and protocols. 




I also have a cat named Stela.