Dr. Barbara Brandl is Assistant Professor of Sociology with a focus on economy and organization at the Goethe-University Frankfurt (Germany). Her research is generally concerned with the intersection of political economy and technology. Currently she holds a grant of the German Research Foundation on the project ‘Technology instead of institutions? The blockchain-technology as a threat to the banking system’. She has published in international journals relating to science and technology studies (Science, Technology, & Human Value) and political economy (Review of International Political Economy). Barbara earned her PhD in Sociology at LMU Munich. She was a visiting scholar at Pennsylvania State University (USA) (2013/14) and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Society (Germany) (2015).