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Alina Utrata
PhD Candidate
Politics and International Studies Cambridge University
apu22 [at]

About me

I am a PhD Candidate in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge and a 2020 Gates-Cambridge Scholar. My research examines technology corporations beyond the traditional political/economic divide, theorizing how and when corporations may enact a kind of political power. Taking a longer view of corporations in global history, my dissertation “Silicon Valley and the State: Towards a Political Theory of Technology Corporations” looks at how companies have come to control technological regimes—from cloud computing to digital payment systems—and what type of power this confers both over individual citizens and against the state.

In addition to my doctoral research, I have published work comparing Silicon Valley’s outer space colonization projects with the histories of colonizing corporations such as the British or Dutch East India Companies.

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I received my BA from Stanford University in History with a minor in Human Rights. I received my MA in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice from Queen’s University Belfast as a 2017 Marshall Scholar, where my master’s research looked at how new technologies were impacting policing and the nature of state control in Northern Ireland. 

In my free time, I host and produce the podcast and newsletter The Anti-Dystopians, the politics podcast about tech.
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