Dakota Kirkendall Straub

Dakota Kirkendall Straub

Research Concentrations

Governance, Anthropology of Science, Environment, Climate Change


Dakota is interested in the ways that Western elites make stories about and interact with nonhuman worlds during a time of ecological crisis through science, communication technologies, and governance. Her dissertation research concerns wealthy individuals who fund and conduct private ocean exploration projects and how they understand their role in the field of marine science. She has a BA in English and Creative Writing from Barnard College and an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. Dakota’s dissertation research has been supported by an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council and a Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant. She is a 2022-2023 Public Outreach Fellow with the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life at Columbia University.


Columbia University, MA in Anthropology
University of Chicago, MA in Social Sciences
Barnard College, BA in English