Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Anna Loup focused her undergraduate research on cooperative development, ICT, and gender. Her 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). She also holds a Masters in Public Diplomacy from the University of Southern California.
Her interests are focused on researching the underlying critical infrastructures that enable and maintain digital communication technologies. She is 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 uses systems analysis to understand and compare the dynamic and complex relationships present in the development of technical systems of communication and innovation between 1945 and 1969 and the present day.
She is also working on research that focuses on highlighting global Internet histories as well as locating gender in said histories.