Natalie Smolenski

Natalie Smolenski

Business Development and Cultural Anthropologist @ Learning Machine

Natalie Smolenski (PhD ABD) is a cultural anthropologist and philosopher who leads business development for a blockchain technology startup, Learning Machine. As an author and public speaker, she focuses on the intersections of identity, technology, and government. By bringing a scientific perspective to distributed digital technologies and social transformation, she helps audiences from all backgrounds understand how individuals connect to form communities and build the infrastructures of the future.

Ms. Smolenski’s interdisciplinary doctoral research concerns the social origins of mental health and illness. She has an MA in Anthropology and History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from Brown University. She served as a Fulbright Fellow in Egypt and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. Her work is published in peer-reviewed journals. She also has years of experience on the business side of higher education: she worked in sales at Harvard University Press and was responsible for client acquisition and relationship management at SlideRoom, a cloud-based admissions company. She also brought her social scientific expertise to brand planning for the largest independent advertising agency in America, The Richards Group.

Natalie is committed to building a world in which individuals are empowered to live their best lives by the social and technological infrastructures that make possible liberating ways of living and imagining.