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.
I am currently completing a book-length project, Securing the Cyber Ecosystem: Confederate Revanchism in the Transnational South, which examines the cyber ecosystem concept as a deceptive and menacing technology of the US security state. Drawing from ethnographic and archival research in the Central Savannah River Area of Georgia and South Carolina, home to US Army Cyber Command and a rapidly growing cybersecurity market, I chart the cyber ecosystem's wide deployment by actors throughout the military and security sector, higher education, and economic development and locate the concept's emergence in Cold War–era defense projects that linked the developmentalist aims of national security with the economic and racial legacies of the post-Reconstruction US South. Not simply an innocent metaphor borrowed from ecological science to describe an increasingly networked digital world, the cyber ecosystem coheres in the present as global security and tech capital converge with what I term “Confederate revanchism”—flexible policies of investment and disinvestment more animated by racist enmity than accumulation. A political economy of racialized revenge at a transnational scale, Securing the Cyber Ecosystem tells the story of how the US security project simultaneously grew entangled with, adopted, and globalized sensibilities of ecosystem thinking and Confederate world-making, first through Cold War technologies and nuclear weapons development and now through the expansive reach and market of cybersecurity. Through the cyber ecosystem as security concept, Confederate revanchism underwrites the technologized force of US state violence while remaining surreptitiously concealed beneath notions of natural law and scientific precepts.
My other publications and research have examined the logics and practices of drone warfare and preemption, the criminalization of online speech acts and material support for terrorism prosecutions in the US war on terror, predictive policing and biometric surveillance technologies, algorithmic governance and the politics of databases, and the historical intersections of police power, empire, and technology in the extraction industry of Appalachia.
In Fall 2021, I joined the Editorial Board of Big Data & Society .
“The Fungible Terrorist: Abject Whiteness, Domestic Terrorism, and the Multicultural Security State.” Co-authored with Lisa Bhungalia. Forthcoming in “Global Counterinsurgency and the Police-Military Continuum,” a special issue of Small Wars & Insurgencies.
“Cyber Insecurities and Racialized Threat in the Embattled Urban Ecosystem.” In Insecurity, edited by Richard Grusin. University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming 2022.
“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. Chicago, IL: Haymarket Books, 2021.
“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. Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2021.
“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.
DIG 2202 Digital Culture
COM 4332 Studies in New Media
SPC 4712 Gender, Race, and Communication
MMC 4263 Media, Society and Technology
CST 7309 Theory and Criticism