Angelika Joseph

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Initiative Diversity Fellow
2nd Year, Architechture
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Angelika Joseph is a Ph.D. student in the History and Theory of Architecture. She holds a B.A. with honors in Psychology, with a minor in History, from the University of California, Davis. At UC Davis, Joseph studied decision-making through coursework in neuroeconomics, reinforcement learning, game theory, social and cultural psychology, and social cognition. Concurrently working as an investment analyst at the world’s largest seed-stage venture capital firm, Joseph analyzed the behavioral-elicitation capacities of digital designs, aggregating insights and trends, to help portfolio companies and investors adjust and improve their strategies.

Joseph’s research explores colonial-Indigenous architectural interaction on reservations, focusing on Native American reconciliation of colonial trauma, and the reinterpretation, or reversal, of existing power structures in the interest of Indigenous sovereignty. This research, conducted from the perspective of the colonized and rooted in the contemporary, will add a long-overdue perspective to global architectural history intended to inform future explorations into decolonization of the built environment. Joseph’s research is funded by the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, Princeton University’s President’s Fellowship, and the Lassen Fellowship in Latin American Studies.

Joseph was a Princeton Prospective Ph.D. Preview (P3) scholar in 2019, and now serves as the Presidential Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program’s Diversity Fellow. Outside of the Access, Diversity & Inclusion program, Joseph is also a Resident Graduate Student in Butler College. 

Princeton’s Access, Diversity & Inclusion program has supported me in every step of my journey to and through graduate school. I look forward to extending the same support to all the scholars in the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program.