Angelika Joseph

PhD Candidate, History and Theory of Architecture, Princeton SoA
B.A. with honors in Psychology, with a minor in History, University of California, Davis

Angelika Joseph is a first-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Architecture. She holds a B.A. with honors in Psychology, with a minor in History, from the University of California, Davis. At UC Davis, Joseph studied decision-making through coursework in neuroeconomics, reinforcement learning, game theory, social and cultural psychology, and social cognition. Concurrently working as an investment analyst at the world’s largest seed-stage venture capital firm, Joseph analyzed the behavioral-elicitation capacities of digital designs, aggregating insights and trends, to help portfolio companies and investors adjust and improve their strategies. Her undergraduate paper, which examined how the trend of “personalization” in digital design reconfigures consumer self-perception and, in turn, how designers reconceptualize consumers, was awarded the University’s Lang Research Prize and Prized Writing Award.

Joseph’s research explores colonial-Indigenous architectural interaction on reservations, focusing on Native American reconciliation of colonial trauma, and the reinterpretation, or reversal, of existing power structures in the interest of Indigenous sovereignty. This research, conducted from the perspective of the colonized and rooted in the contemporary, will add a long-overdue perspective to global architectural history intended to inform future explorations into decolonization of the built environment. Joseph’s research is funded by the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, Princeton University’s President’s Fellowship, and the Lassen Fellowship in Latin American Studies.