Anna Veronica Banchik is a Sociology doctoral student interested in science and technology studies (STS), human rights fact-finding and advocacy, expertise, and visual culture. Her dissertation draws on ethnographic methods to examine the processes and techniques by which human rights practitioners evaluate open source and social media data linked to claims of human rights abuse. Previous work focused on how cultural scholarship and courtroom actors in the context of Freedom of Information Act disclosure disputes differently approach and esteem the probative value and prejudicial impacts of graphic visual media.
Anna is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a Fulbright scholar. She received a M.A. in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. in Economics at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.