Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Anna Loup focused their undergraduate research on cooperative development, ICT, and gender. Their undergraduate thesis studied the interactions of female immigrant cooperative members with technology within the private and public spheres. A former researcher at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Anna managed data collection and publication for the Generic Top-level Domains Program (gTLD). They also hold a Masters in Public Diplomacy from the University of Southern California.
Their interests are focused on researching the underlying critical infrastructures that enable and maintain digital communication technologies. They are predominantly interested in the power structures inherent in how these critical infrastructure systems are developed, implemented, and maintained at both the policy and engineering levels. Anna's dissertation work looks at the origins of the field of system dynamics in the post-war years, between 1945-1968. It uses dynamic systems modeling to demonstrate how the history of post-war science and technology, especially histories of complex information ecosystems, is not linear, but networked.
They are also working on research that focuses on highlighting global Internet histories as well as locating gender in said histories.