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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

College: Darwin College


Alina Utrata is a PhD Candidate in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge and a Gates-Cambridge scholar. Her research examines how technology is impacting historic forms of state and corporate power. She received her MA in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice from Queen’s University Belfast as a 2017 Marshall scholar, where she researched how technology impacted policing and the nature of state control in Northern Ireland. She received her BA from Stanford University in History and the Law with a minor in Human Rights and honors in Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law.

Technology, corporations, modern states, human rights, international law and international relations


Key publications: 

Engineering Territory: Space and Colonies in Silicon Valley. American Political Science Review. Published online November 16, 2023. 10.1017/S0003055423001156. Open Access Link []

Thesis Title: Silicon Valley and the State: Technology corporations as competitors to state power
Supervisor: Professor Jason Sharman

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