Dr. Manski is a scholar of technology, political economy, commons economics and globalization. She received a Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Barbara. She studies uses of technology for democratization as well as technology as a site of social struggle. Her dissertation examines the use of blockchain and holochain technology by cooperatives, supply chain activists, and others to construct a global technological commonwealth, as well as countervailing efforts by established financial and political institutions to channel emergent technology. She is a University of California Regents Fellow, a fellow with the Liberty Tree Foundation, a member of the editorial board of the academic journal Strategic Change: Briefings in Entrepreneurial Finance, and Frontiers in Blockchain. Manski has served in formal capacities as advisor to the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Network, a member of the City of Madison's Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and as professional staff for the labor unions AFSCME and IFPTE, as well as producer of nationally syndicated labor and environmental radio programs. She received a Masters of Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and has published in the academic journals Frontiers in Blockchain, Strategic Change, the British Journal of Sociology, Law & Critique, and others.