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I am a political and historical geographer and Special Faculty in the IDeATe Program at Carnegie Mellon University, where I have the title of Program Lead in Sustainability. My work is situated at the intersection of infrastructure, technology, and architecture in an array of historical and political contexts. My current book project, The Global Capture Chain: Infrastructures of U.S.-Managed Military Detainment from Truman to Trump (under contract with the University of Minnesota Press), examines the tensions between intimately-scaled spatial encounters on the battlefield and multiple transnational systems—from international law to computerization to low-cost air travel—that give shape to an expansive US military-carcerality. My work has been published in texts as varied as the edited volume Algorithmic Life: Calculative Devices in the Age of Big Data and the Journal of Historical Geography. He co-edited an issue of Radical History Review on the political lives of infrastructure and has recently written on how automated weapons draw attention to the entwined logics of care and violence in international humanitarian law.



Before coming to Carnegie Mellon, I was an associate professor of geography in the Department of Social Sciences and History at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham Campus, where I was named the 2018 Becton College Teacher of the Year and earned the 2019 Outstanding Honors Faculty Award. I’ve also had transformative teaching experiences (through the NJSTEP program) inside three New Jersey prisons, where  ran courses exploring the history of mass surveillance.


 

Education

2013 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Ph.D., Geography

2007 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Master of Arts, Geography

2000 Syracuse University
Bachelor of Architecture (cum laude)

Other Publications

BOOK MANUSCRIPT




 


In Preparation  The Global Capture Chain: Infrastructures of U.S.-Managed Military Detainment from Truman to Trump {under contract with The University of Minnesota Press}.




 


 


PUBLICATIONS (peer-reviewed journals)




 


2023                “The Political Lives of Infrastructure” introduction to issue 147 of Radical History Review, co-written (and journal issue co-edited) with Dr. Wesley Attewell (University of Hong Kong), and Dr. Emily Mitchell-Eaton (Colgate).


 


2023                “Roundtable discussion with Laleh Khalili and Deb Cowen” for issue 147 of Radical History Review, with Dr. Wesley Attewell (University of Hong Kong), and Dr. Emily Mitchell-Eaton (Colgate).


 


2019                “Capturing the Forgotten War: Detainment and Police Power in Cold War Korea,” Journal of Historical Geography, Vol. 64 (1), 13-24.


 


2015                “Capturing Humanitarian War: The Collusion of Violence and Care in U.S.-Managed Military Detention,” Environment & Planning A, Vol. 47 (11) p. 2276-2291.


 


2008                “Erasure, Non-Existence, and the Production of Economic Legibility in Iraq,” Middle States Geographer. Vol. 40: pp.1-9.




 


 


BOOK CHAPTERS AND REPORTS




 


2023                “Careful Killing: Humanitarian Warfare and the Politics of Precision Violence,” Routledge Handbook of Critical Philanthropy and Humanitarianism, edited by Polly Pallister-Wilkens and Katharyne Mitchell.


 


2015                “Capture at the Speed of Bandwidth: Digital Biometric Encounters in the Everywhere War,” in Algorithmic Life: Calculative Devices in the Age of Big Data, edited by Louise Amoore and Volha Piotukh.


 


2007                Robert W. Lake, Kathe Newman, Philip Ashton, Richard Nisa, and Bradley Wilson, Civic Engagement in Camden, New Jersey: A Baseline Portrait, MDRC and the Ford Foundation, New York, NY.


 


 




MAPS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS




 


2023                “Badges Without Borders: By Stuart Schrader, an H-Diplo Roundtable” introduction to book review forum on H-Diplo.


 


2023                Maps and diagrams in: Wesley Attewell, The Quiet Violence of Empire (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2023).


 


2022                “Useful Captives: The Role of POWs in American Military Conflicts,” edited by Daniel Krebs and Lorien Foote.


 


2022                Map in: David M. Rosen, Jewish Child Soldiers in the Bloodlands of Europe, (New York: Routledge, 2022).


 


2019                “Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War: The Untold History: By Monica Kim,” a book review on the Society and Space Open Site.


 


2019                Introduction to special review forum on “Transpacific Geographies” on the Society and Space Open Site. Co-authored with Dr. Wesley Attewell (NYU) and Dr. Emily Mitchell-Eaton (Bennington).


 


2018                Maps in Matteo Pizzolo, Calexit, Vols 1 & 3, (Los Angeles, CA: Black Mask Studios, 2018).


 


2017                “Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps Since World War II: By A. Naomi Paik,” a book review on the Society and Space Open Site.


 




 


 


DESIGN PUBLICATIONS




 


2003                Haar, Clarke, and Hendrickson. 2003. Architecture for Education: New School Designs from the Chicago Competition. Business & Professional People for the Public. {project featured}.


             

Blog Posts

    Projects

    Mapping Adjunct Pay: An exploration of the relationships between state minimum wages, university endowments, and the wages for contingent/precarious academic labor.

    Memberships


    • American Association of Geographers

    • American Studies Association

    • International Studies Association

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