Beatrice Choi is a Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern University and a Predoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research examines innovation culture in Brazil. In her dissertation, she studies how histories of scientific enterprise and technological adoption during the countries’ colonial and authoritarian periods influence present innovation initiatives. Utilizing a mixed-methods approach, she maps a historical genealogy to document the rise of the Brazilian technocratic elite. She dovetails these historical accounts with ethnographic observation—at a makerspace, a computer graphics research institute, and a national scientific laboratory, respectively—to provide an intergenerational analysis of innovation. Choi received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and International Studies at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and her Masters of Arts in Media Culture and Communication at New York University (NYU). In 2012 she began a Ph.D. program in Rhetoric and Public Culture at Northwestern University, where she received a Fulbright-Hays scholarship to conduct fieldwork in Rio de Janeiro.
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