PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies, University of California, Davis

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Particle tracking aesthetics in  Four Reasons Why South Carolina Believes the New National Accelerator Laboratory Should Be Located in the Aiken-Augusta Area on the Savannah River.  Image courtesy of the Aiken County Historical Museum.

Particle tracking aesthetics in Four Reasons Why South Carolina Believes the New National Accelerator Laboratory Should Be Located in the Aiken-Augusta Area on the Savannah River. Image courtesy of the Aiken County Historical Museum.

Andrea Miller is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at the University of California, Davis with a designated emphasis in Science and Technology Studies. Andrea’s interdisciplinary work is rooted in feminist critiques of empire and colonialism and lies at the intersections of American studies, cultural geography, and science and technology studies. Her research interests include critical military and policing studies, racialization, drone warfare and preemptive governance, ecosystem ecology, and the politics of extraction and infrastructure. In her dissertation, “Environmental Order: Making and Securing Ecosystems from Nuclear to Cyber,” Andrea explores deployments of the ecosystem concept in military-driven nuclear and cybersecurity projects in the Central Savannah River Area of Georgia and South Carolina. Specifically, Andrea interrogates what she terms “environmental ordering,” or those practices, policies, and discourses through which diffuse operations of police power make and secure the built and natural environment.

Andrea has contributed chapters to the anthologies Life in the Age of Drone Warfare (Parks and Kaplan 2017), Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life (Benjamin 2019), The Nature of Police (Correia and Wall 2020), and Counterpoints: Bay Area Data and Stories for Resisting Displacement, 1970–2017 (Anti-Eviction Mapping Project 2020). Her work has appeared in Media Fields Journal and Gender, Place & Culture, as well as a co-authored article with Caren Kaplan forthcoming in Public Culture in September 2019. Andrea also co-edited the 2017 Antipode online forum “Algorithmic Governance” with Jeremy Crampton.

Andrea previously earned her MA in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Georgia State University in 2014.