Curriculum Vitae

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Appointments

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst — Lecturer, Department of Sociology (2016-present, Amherst, MA
  • Amherst College — Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2015-2016, Amherst, MA)
  • Union College — Adjunct, Political Science (2014, Schenectady, NY)
  • Northern Arizona University — Instructor, Sociology (2010-2012, Flagstaff, AZ)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute — Teaching Assistant, Science & Technology Studies (2011-2014, Troy, NY)

Education

  • Ph.D. — Science & Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (August 2015) — Dissertation: Watching Police Violence: Negotiating the Politics of Visibility; Advisor: Langdon Winner
  • M.S. — Science & Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (May 2015)
  • M.A., with distinction — Sociology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona (May 2011)
  • B.G.S., Summa Cum Laude — Honors College (minors in Sociology and Women’s Studies), Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

Teaching

UMass Amherst

  • Race & Policing
  • American Policing
  • Criminology
  • Race, Class, Gender & Ethnicity

Union College

  • Conflict In U.S. Politics (writing-intensive)

Northern Arizona University

  • Information & Society (online)
  • Stratification (online)
  • Frankfurt School Critical Theory (graduate seminar)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • Introduction to STS (writing-intensive) Teaching Assistant and Discussion Session Instructor
  • IT & Society Teaching Assistant and Discussion Session Instructor

Research Interests

Surveillance; police studies; critical whiteness studies; critical technology studies; political theory.

Publications (* refereed)

  • *2015 “The New Transparency: Police Violence in the Context of Ubiquitous Surveillance.” Media & Communications, 3(3). 
  • *2015 “Policing Made Visible: Mobile Technologies and the Importance of Point of View.” Surveillance & Society, 13(3/4).
  • *2014 “Fabricating The Color Line in a White Democracy: From Slave Catchers to Petty Sovereigns.” Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory, 61(141).
  • *2013 “Toward a Peak Everything Postanarchism and a Technology Evaluation Schema for Communities in Crisis.” Anarchist Studies, 21(1).
  • 2013 “From Accountability Policy to Surveillance Practices in Higher Education.” In K. Ball, & L. Snider (eds.), The Surveillance-Industrial Complex: A Political Economy of Surveillance. New York: Routledge.
  • 2013 “Socio-Technical Developments in Campus Securitization: Building and Resisting the Policing Apparatus.” In A. Nocella II, & D. A. Gabbard (eds.), Policing the Campus: Academic Repression, Surveillance, and the Occupy Movement. New York: Peter Lang Books. (with Luis A. Fernandez)
  • 2012 “The Crisis and a Way Forward: What We Can Learn from Occupy Wall Street.” Humanity & Society, 35(1).

Other Publications

  • 2015 “Cellphone Witness: To Document or Intervene?” In Media Res.
  • 2014 “An Abandoned Cemetery.” Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies, 7(1), special video issue.
  • 2012 “Beneath the Street, A Preface: Review of The Beach Beneath The Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International by McKenzie Wark.” Humanity & Society, 35(3).

Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

  • HASS Fellowship College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, Rensselaer ($71,367) 2014-2015
  • Research Fellowship Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center, Rensselaer ($12,000) 2013-2014
  • Teaching Assistantship Department of Science & Technology Studies, Rensselaer 2011-2014
  • Alger Fellowship Engineering Ethics, Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, Rensselaer ($3,000) 2013
  • Research Assistantship Laboratory for Applied Social Research, Northern Arizona University 2011
  • Graduate Fellowship Department of Sociology and Social Work, Northern Arizona University 2009-2010
  • E. Mullins Award Excellence in Women’s Studies Scholarship, Kent State University 1998
  • Philosophy Honors Merit Scholarship, Honors College, Kent State University 1996
  • History & Philosophy Award, The Ohio State University-Mansfield 1996

Academic Service

  • Editorial Board, Criminological Encounters (2015-current)
  • Advisory Board, Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies (2013-current)
  • Colloquium Committee, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2012-2013)
  • Graduate Student Representative, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2011-2012)

Conference Presentations, Panels, Invited Talks (selected)

2015

  • “Police Abolitionism: On the Intersection of Critical Police and Critical Whiteness Studies.” American Society of Criminology conference. Washington, D.C.
  • Commenter on Author-Meets-Critics panel: The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America, by Naomi Murakawa. American Society of Criminology conference. Washington, D.C.
  • “Civilian Control of Police Visibility as a Surveillant Tactic: Expectations of the Visibility of Police Violence.” Intersectional Approaches in Surveillance Studies. Surveillance Studies Center, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.
  • “The New Transparency of Police: Why Surveillance is No Panacea for Police Brutality.” Invited talk. Mount Royal University. Calgary, AB, Canada.

2014

  • “Counter Moves in Anti-Security Work: Alternatives to the Civilian Production of Police Transparency.” American Society of Criminology conference. San Francisco, CA. (with Luis Fernandez)
  • “‘Next Generation’ or ‘Invasive Species’?: The Case of Solid-State Lighting.” Sociedad Latinoamericana de Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia (ESOCITE) and Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) conference. Buenos Aires, Argentina. (with Susan Sanderson and Kenneth L. Simons)
  • “Minority Report: The Rise and Fall of Critical Technology Studies.” Panel Co-chair. ESOCITE/4S conference. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • “Can Constructivism Have Politics?: The Limits of Democratic Limits of Technological Possibilitarianism.” ESOCITE/4S conference. Buenos Aires, Argentina. (with Taylor Dotson)
  • “Policing Made Visible: Mobile Technologies and the Importance of Point of View.” 6th Biannual Surveillance Studies Network Conference. Barcelona, Spain.
  • “Producing Transparency: Advocating for Video Documentation of Police Violence.” Northeast Science & Technology Studies Conference. Cornell University. Ithaca, NY.
  • “Making Brutality Transparent: Does the Visibility of Policing’s Victims Produce Popular Power?” Questioning Power. The New School. New York, NY.

2013

  • “‘Guns On Campus,’ Securitization, and Campus Policing.” 25th Annual Peace Studies Conference. Binghamton, NY.
  • “‘The Only Critique of Our Slogan That’s Worth Taking Seriously’: The Problematic of Free Movement and Democratic Carrying Capacity.” Fanaticism and the Abolition-Democracy: Critical Theory in the Spirit of Joel Olson. Northern Arizona University. Flagstaff, AZ.

2011

  • “Toward a Critical Sociology of Technology.” Pacific Sociological Association, 82nd Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA.
  • “The Paradox of Sustainable Development: The Role of Technology in UN Discourse & Practice.” Pacific Sociological Association, 82nd Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA.

2010

  • “Success or Surveillance: Electronic Attendance Monitoring at a U.S. State University.” Surveillance Studies Network, Political Economy of Surveillance Workshop. The Open University, Milton-Keynes, England.
  • “Characterizing a Paradigm Shift: The UN Discourse of Sustainable Development as the Greening of Globalism.” Pacific Sociological Association, 81st Annual Meeting. Oakland, CA.

Collaborative Research Experience

  • 2015-2016— Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts
  • 2013-14 — Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York — Supported by NSF under agreement EEC-0812056 and New York State under NYSTAR contract C090145
  • 2010-12 — Laboratory for Applied Social Research, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona

Professional Development

  • Winter School Anticipatory Governance of Emerging Technologies, Center for Nanotechnology and Society, Arizona State University (2013)
  • Instructional Training, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2011)
  • Graduate Teaching Seminar, Northern Arizona University, College of Education (2011)

Professional Associations

  • American Sociological Association, Environment & Technology Section (2008-current)
  • American Society of Criminology, Division of Critical Criminology (2014-current)
  • National Police Accountability Project (2013-current)
  • Society for the Social Studies of Science (2014-current)
  • Media Ecology Association (2014-current)
  • Pacific Sociological Association (2009-2011)

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