Cynthia Browne received her Phd in Social/Cultural Anthropology, with a secondary field in Critical Media Studies, from Harvard University in 2018. She is currently an Associate in the Department of Cultural/Social Anthropology, where she is working on turning her dissertation, "Utopic Wastelands: Site-Specific Art and Structural Change in Germany's Ruhr" into a book manuscript. Her doctoral research concerned the role of site-specific, public art and urban design in re-adapting former industrial sites in Germany’s Ruhr region into paragons of a new, post-industrial urban metropolis. Previous research projects have included a multi-sited ethnography of a telemedicine project that linked Cambodia and the U.S., studies on the re-integration of ex-child combatants in Uganda and Sri Lanka, investigations into barriers to cross-cultural communication in international health development, and reports on grassroots democratization in the Maldives.
In 2018-2019, she was a visiting post-doctoral fellow at the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Free University in Berlin. In 2020, she is a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany, where she is embarking on a new research project examining processes of de-industrialization and environmental toxicity through a materialist lens. Her IASS profile can be found here: https://www.iass-potsdam.de/en/people/cynthia-browne