PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies, University of California, Davis

Curriculum Vitae

Education

PhD, Cultural Studies Graduate Group, expected Spring 2020, University of California, Davis

Designated Emphasis: Science and Technology Studies

Dissertation: “Environmental Order: Making and Securing Ecosystems from Nuclear to Cyber”

Chair: Caren Kaplan

Committee Members: Javier Arbona, Simone Browne, and Marisol de la Cadena

MA, 2014, Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Georgia State University   

BA, magna cum laude, 2009, University of South Carolina Upstate

Fellowships and Grants

Provost’s Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of California, Davis, 2019–2020

Graduate Studies Travel Award, Graduate Studies, University of California, Davis, Spring 2019

Humanities Program Graduate Summer Fellowship, Humanities Program, University of California, Davis, Summer 2018

Mellon Summer Research Fellowship, Mellon Research Initiative: Comparative Border Studies, University of California, Davis, Summer 2017

Travel Grant, Social Heterogeneity Workshop: Civil War, UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), University of California, Irvine, 2017

Mellon Graduate Research Fellow, Surveillance Democracies, John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures, University of California, Davis, 2015-2016

Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies (HArCS) Summer Fellowship, University of California, Davis, 2015

Graduate Scholars Fellowship, University of California, Davis, 2014–2015

Publications 

Book Chapters in an Edited Anthology

“Securing Nature's Return: Environmental Policing and Ecosystem Ecology at the Savannah River Site Nuclear Reservation.” In The Nature of Police, edited by David Correia and Tyler Wall. Pluto Press, under review.

“Data-Driven Policing and the Colonial Database,” in Counterpoints: Bay Area Data and Stories for Resisting Displacement, 1970–2017, 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.

 “(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.

Journal Articles

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

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

Online

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

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

Book Reviews

“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.

Edited Special Issue Sections, Print and Online

Antipode Intervention Symposium, “Algorithmic Governance.” Antipode. May 2017.

Selected Presentations, Conferences, and Workshops

Selected Presentations

“The Embattled Urban Ecosystem: The Speculative Value of Racialized Threat in Cyber-Driven Redevelopment,” to be presented at the Society for American City and Regional Planning History 18th National Conference on Planning History, Arlington, VA, November 2019.

Panelist, “Transnational Feminist Cultural Studies of Travel, Militarism, and Empire: A Retirement Symposium in Honor of Caren Kaplan,” University of California, Davis, May 2019.

“Cyber Insecurities and the Racial Capitalism of Urban Redevelopment,” “Insecurity Conference,” Center for 21st Century Studies and the College of Letters and Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, May 2019.

Panelist, “Science and Technologies of Racial Capitalism.” American Association of Geographers, Washington, DC, April 2019.

Paper session co-organizer and presenter, “Ecosystems of Promise and Threat: Cyber Security, Racial Capitalism, and Urban Redevelopment.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 2018.

 “The Promise of Threat: Race, Cyber Security, and Urban Redevelopment in Augusta, Georgia.” American Association of Geographers, New Orleans, LA, April 2018.

 “Atmospheric Insurgencies and ‘Aesthetic Portals’ in Postcommodity’s Repellent Fence.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, November 2017.

“Shadows of War, Traces of Risk: Preemptive Policing and the Production of Carceral Space in Atlanta, GA.” Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, August 2017.

Paper session co-organizer and presenter, “Wartime Sense-making and Atmospheric Violence at Stone Mountain, GA.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, November 2016.

“‘Excessively Crude or Objectionable’: Metadata+ and the (In)Visibility of US Drone Warfare.” Visible Evidence XXIII, Bozeman, MT, August 2016.

 “Aerial Dispositions and Atmospheric Politics,” with Caren Kaplan, Eyes in the Skies: Drones and the Politics of Distance Warfare, University of California, Davis, April 2016.

“The “Individualization of Warfare” and Border Imaginaries in Contemporary Drone War” American Association of Geographers Conference, San Francisco, CA, March 2016.

Panel session co-organizer and presenter, “Algorithmic Governance.” American Association of Geographers Conference, San Francisco, CA, March 2016.

Paper session co-organizer and presenter, “Unsettling Critiques of Empire: An Ethics of Entanglement between Feminist and Queer Transnational Studies and Indigenous Feminisms.” National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Milwaukee, MN, November 2015.

 “Ghost Photography in the War on Terror: Manadel al-Jamadi, Abu Ghraib, and the Biopolitics of Detention.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON, October 2015.

 “(Im)Material Terror: Anwar al-Awlaki, Pre-Emptive Killing, and the Imagination as Battlefield.” Reconfiguring Global Space: The Geography, Politics, and Ethics of Drone Warfare, Indiana University – Bloomington, July 2015.

Paper session organizer and presenter, “Decolonial Interventions in Occupy Portland: Cinco Sanders and the Settler-Colonial Imaginary.” Cultural Studies Association, University of California, Riverside, May 2015.

“Specters of the Strike: Interventions in the Deterritorializing Violence of U.S. Drone Warfare.” American Association of Geographers Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2015.

Student Caucus Panel organizer and presenter, “Specters of Guantánamo in Naveed Mir’s Party Mummy: Interrogating Impossibility and the Hunger-Striking Body.” Southeastern Women’s Studies Association, University of North Carolina Wilmington, March 2014.

“The ‘Productive Ambivalence’ of Muslim Masculinity: Rethinking the Space of Affect.” National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Cincinnati, OH, November 2013.

Paper session organizer and presenter, “Mohammed the Patriot: Terrorist Drag and the Transformative Work of Affect in Naveed Mir’s The Cinco Sanders Show.” Cultural Studies Association Conference, Columbia College Chicago, May 2013.

Paper session organizer and presenter, “Mohammed the Plumber: Race, Citizenship, and the Transgressive Work of Ambivalence in the Performance Art of Naveed Mir’s The Cinco Sanders Show.” Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Conference, University of North Carolina Greensboro, April 2013.

Workshops and Working Groups

Invited Participant, “Policing Rage in the Urban Age of Crisis and Extremes,” Antipode International Workshop, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, May 2019

Graduate Student Affiliate, Critical Militarization, Policing, and Security Studies, Working Group, University of California, Davis, 2014–present

Graduate Student Affiliate, Feminist Arts and Science Shop, Mellon Foundation Research Initiative, University of California Davis, 2017–present

Graduate Student Affiliate, Comparative Border Studies, Mellon Foundation Research Initiative, University of California, Davis, 2015–2018

Selected Participant, Social Heterogeneity Workshop: Civil War, UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), University of California, Irvine, June 2017

Member, Oakland School of Urban Studies, University of California Humanities Research Initiative Multi-Campus Graduate Working Group, 2015–2016

Graduate Student Participant, Uncommons, a Sawyer Seminar Workshop, University of California, Davis, 2015

Graduate Student Participant, Methods as Unusual, a Sawyer Seminar Workshop, University of California, Davis, 2015

Conferences and Workshops Organized   

Symposium Co-organizer, “Inhabiting Containment.” The Society for Radical Geography, Spatial Theory, and Everyday Life, Georgia State University, February 2015

Symposium Co-organizer, “Queering the Quotidian: Differential and Contested Spaces Within Neoliberalism.” The Society for Radical Geography, Spatial Theory, and Everyday Life, Georgia State University, March 2014

Symposium Co-organizer, “Critical Geographies, Spatial Theory and Everyday Life: A Symposium,” Georgia State University, March 2013

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant, “Objects in Everyday Life,” American Studies Program, University of California, Davis, Spring 2017.

Teaching Assistant, “Images of America and Americans in Popular Culture,” American Studies Program, University of California, Davis, Winter 2017.

Teaching Assistant, “Introduction to Film Studies,” Department of Cinema and Digital Media Studies, University of California, Davis, Fall 2016.

Instructor of record, “Introduction to Women’s Studies,” Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Georgia State University, Spring 2014.

Instructor of record, “Introduction to Women’s Studies,” Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Georgia State University, Fall 2013. 

Invited Guest Lectures

“The Politics and Practices of Drone Warfare,” Sociology 301 (upper-division undergraduate seminar), American River College, Sacramento, CA, May 2017

 “Jose Muñoz’s Disidentifications and Feminist Methodologies,” Feminist Methodologies (graduate seminar), Georgia State University, April 2014

Service

Professional

Interim Graduate Student Representative, Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers, 2018–present

Reviewer, Big Data & Society, 2018–present

Reviewer, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 2018

Primary Web Administrator, Oakland School of Urban Studies, University of California Humanities Research Initiative Multi-Campus Graduate Working Group, 2015–2016

Founding Board Member, The Society for Radical Geography, Spatial Theory, and Everyday Life, 2012–2015

Student Caucus Co-Chair, Southeastern Women’s Studies Association, 2013–2014

University

Student Representative, Cultural Studies Graduate Group Admissions Committee, University of California, Davis, 2015–2016

Graduate Student Representative, Graduate Council, College of Arts and Sciences, Georgia State University, 2013–2014

President, Students Promoting Engagement through Activism and Knowledge (SPEAK), Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Graduate Student Organization, Georgia State University, 2013–2014

Secretary, Students Promoting Engagement through Activism and Knowledge (SPEAK), Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Graduate Student Organization, Georgia State University, 2012–2013

Student Leadership Assistant, Upstarts Feminist Student Organization, University of South

            Carolina Upstate, 2012

Secretary, Teachers Educating All Children Organization, University of South Carolina Upstate,

            2011–2012      

Member, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, University of South Carolina Upstate, Inducted 2009

President, Upstate Feminists, University of South Carolina Upstate, 2008–2009  

Related Experience

Editorial Assistant, Katherine Chandler, Unmanning: How Humans, Machines and Media Perform Drone Warfare, Rutgers University Press, forthcoming 2020.

Editorial Assistant, Omnia El Shakry, ed. Understanding and Teaching the Modern Middle East. University of Wisconsin Press, forthcoming.

Freelance Translation Editor and Copyediter, AK Press, Chico, CA, 2017–2018.

Editorial Assistant, Mario Blaser and Marisol de la Cadena, eds. Indigenous Cosmopolitics: Dialogues About the Reconstitution of Worlds. Duke University Press, 2018

Editorial Assistant and Indexer, Caren Kaplan, Aerial Aftermaths: Wartime from Above. Durham: Duke University Press, 2017

Editorial Assistant and Indexer, Lisa Parks and Caren Kaplan, eds. Life in the Age of Drone Warfare, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017

Editorial Assistant, Kristopher Fallon, “Where Truth Lies: Digital Media and Political Documentary Post-9/11” (manuscript in-progress)

Assistant Editor, Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, 2012–2013

Special Projects Coordinator, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, University of South Carolina Upstate, 2011–2012

Feminist Education Coordinator, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, University of South Carolina Upstate, 2008–2009

Writing Consultant, Gardner-Webb University Writing Center, Gardner-Webb University, 2006                                             

Professional Memberships

 Current

American Association of Geographers

American Studies Association

National Women’s Studies Association

Society for American City and Regional Planning History

Recent

Cultural Studies Association

Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)

Languages

French, proficient