Max A. Cohen

Max CohenMax Cohen is a PhD candidate in Anthropology who studies technological and economic cultures in the U.S. today. His dissertation research is an ethnographic study of the startup economy in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. Working with its participants, especially tech workers and venture capitalists, Max’s research engages themes of value and values, strategy and subjectivity, technology and time, speculation and optimization. He received his bachelor’s in Business from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and minored in Urban Studies. From 2014-2017, Max conducted and analyzed seventy-five in-depth interviews on personal finance among families in the U.S. as research assistant to NYU Professor Caitlin Zaloom for her book, Indebted (Princeton UP, 2019). He received his MA in Social & Cultural Analysis from the American Studies Program at NYU, where he co-organized the conferences “Security & Freedom” and “Ecologies of the Future Present.”