Max A. Cohen is a PhD candidate in Anthropology who studies technological and economic cultures in the contemporary United States. His dissertation is an ethnographic study of the U.S. startup economy. Max’s research with its participants, especially San Francisco Bay Area venture capital investors and tech workers, engages themes such as value and values, technology and time, autonomy and automation, speculation and optimization.
In 2012, he received his bachelor’s in Business from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he minored in Urban Studies. Assisting Caitlin Zaloom’s research for her book, Indebted (Princeton UP, 2019), from 2014-15 Max recruited, conducted, and analyzed seventy-five in-depth interviews on personal finance among families in the U.S. He received his MA in Social & Cultural Analysis in 2017 from New York University in the American Studies Program, where he co-organized the conferences Security & Freedom and Ecologies of the Future Present. He received an MA in Anthropology from Princeton in 2020.