About Mary Kaltenberg

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I am currently a PhD Fellow at UNU-MERIT. My advisors are Bart Verspagen at UNU-MERIT and Cesar Hidalgo at the Collective Learning group at the MIT Media Lab. In 2016, I was a visiting student and research assistant at the MIT Media Lab.

Previously, I worked at UNICEF on resource mobilization and research on accessibility to health care. I received my Masters and Bachelors degree in Economics from The New School for Social Research in New York City.

Check out my Github for code and data from previous papers (currently updating), and code for tutorials for previously taught short courses.

More details about my experience can be found on my CV

I work on other personal projects/passions:

  • Reading Schumpeter
    Webinar based reading group on Schumpeter’s texts. I am an organizer through thee YSI Innovation Group.
  • Cookbook, From Siberia to Texas: An Immigrant’s Collected Recipes
    Listen to my PechaKucha talk about it (currently writing a draft)
  • Cookie a week project
    Every week I bake a different cookie recipe and post them on instagram
    Follow my instagram account @sumthingabout to see my weekly cookies
  • Divine Feminists Philosophy Book Club
    Bi-monthly book club on re-defining and imagining a new left philosophy
    Current Book: Francis Piven’s Poor People’s Movements: Why they succeed, How they Fail
    Previous Books:Bell Hooks’s Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom , David Graeber’s Utopia of Rules, Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower, Rosa Luxemburg’s Mass Strike
  • Economaster Chef (2015)
    Cook an appetizer, main course and dessert together with one “master” chef per item teaching the others (each person is from a different country). We switch chefs and recipes every meeting. Check out our recipe collection from the year here
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