Paige standing on a pier in front of a lake

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Paige Edmiston is a Ph.D. student in cultural anthropology. Her research focuses on how digital technologies are impacting the U.S. medical system and the implications of this “digital health transformation” for access and equity. She is currently working on a project about the first patient-led, open-source nonprofit to seek the Food and Drug Administration’s clearance for a medical device. 

Prior to graduate school, Paige worked with startups developing new medical devices and digital health technologies. 

Paige's advisor is Alison Cool.


  • 2021. Edmiston, Paige. What’s Behind Match Day’s Algorithm? SAPIENS Anthropology Magazine. March 2021
  • 2021. Edmiston, Paige.  Dear Sylvie: A Handful of Letters to Nearly Perfect Strangers. Anthropology and Humanism.


Paige was awarded Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation! This award recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF’s mission. The GRFP provides up to three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research. The GRFP supports over 100 subfields. For the 2020 competition, NSF received over 13,000 applications and made approximately 2,000 fellowships offers.