Andrea Miller

Andrea Miller


PhD, University of California, Davis, Cultural Studies, Designated Emphasis in Science and Technology Studies, 2020
MA, Georgia State University, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, 2014
BA, University of South Carolina Upstate, 2009


Areas of expertise: Science and Technology Studies, Feminist Studies, Digital Cultures, Media Ecology and Archaeology, Critical Military and Police Studies

Drawing from transnational feminist studies, I examine how technologies, their infrastructures, and technoscientific practices emerge through histories of policing and empire. In particular, I am interested in how relationships between technology and sensibilities of security shape racialized life and environments as well as practices of world-making and political insurgencies.

In my current book project, I utilize ethnographic and archival research methods to understand deployments of the ecosystem concept in military-driven nuclear, cybersecurity, and urban redevelopment projects in the Central Savannah River Area of Georgia and South Carolina. I argue that the ecosystem as security concept rearticulates state power and violence as natural processes of what I term “environmental ordering”—diffuse operations of police power that organize the built and natural environment through the creation and management of racialized life. To tell the story of the ecosystem as security concept, I trace its emergence through ecological studies by famed ecologist Eugene Odum at the Savannah River Site nuclear reservation in the 1950s to contemporary cybersecurity-driven urban redevelopment in Augusta, Georgia to the digital and architectural simulations that together make the $100 million Georgia Cyber Center, an expansive collaboration between higher education, military and police power, and private tech companies.

My other publications and research have examined racialized practices of preemption in US drone warfare, predictive policing, and material support for terrorism prosecutions; how contemporary practices of databasing, surveillance, and algorithmic governance can be traced through histories of US settler-colonialism; and the emergence of modern US police power through entanglements of empire and extraction in Northern Appalachia.

Recent Publications

“Securing Nature's Return: Environmental Policing and Ecosystem Ecology at the Savannah River Site Nuclear Reservation.” In Violent Order: Essays on the Nature of the Police, edited by David Correia and Tyler Wall. Haymarket Books, forthcoming 2021.

“Cyber Insecurities and Racialized Threat in the Embattled Urban Ecosystem.” In Insecurity, edited by Richard Grusin. University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming 2020.

“Data-Driven Policing and the Colonial Database.” In Counterpoints: A San Francisco Bay Area Atlas of Displacement & Resistance, edited by The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project. PM Press, forthcoming 2020.

“Shadows of War, Traces of Policing: The Weaponization of Space and the Sensible in Preemption.” In Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life, edited by Ruha Benjamin, 85–106. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019.

“Drones as ‘Atmospheric Policing’: From US Border Enforcement to the LAPD.” Co-authored with Caren Kaplan. Public Culture 31, no. 3 (2019): 419–445. 

“(Im)Material Terror: Incitement to Violence Discourse as Racializing Technology in the War on Terror.” In Life in the Age of Drone Warfare, edited by Lisa Parks and Caren Kaplan, 112–133. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017.

“Intervention Symposium: Introduction to Algorithmic Governance.” Co-authored with Jeremy Crampton. Antipode. May 2017.

“Protocological Violence and the Colonial Database.” Antipode. May 2017.

“Review: An Imperialist Love Story: Desert Romances in the War on Terror by Amira Jarmakani.” Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography 24, no. 5 (2017): 748–750.

“Ghost Photography in the War on Terror: Manadel al-Jamadi and the Shadow of Surveillance.” Media Fields Journal 11 (2016): 1–8.




COM 4332 Studies in New Media

SPC 4712 Gender, Race, and Communication

MMC 4263 Media, Society and Technology


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