PhD Candidate

Dissertation Title: The Technopolitics of American Privacy

My scholarship examines the changing meaning and practice of privacy in America under conditions of increasing technology-based intervention and stewardship. My dissertation examines how American software engineers and computer scientists, in implementing privacy-preserving technologies in consumer internet technologies, channel and transform a foundational concept of American law and culture. In the dissertation, I draw together existing theorizations of publics, the attentional economy, infrastructure, and surveillance, while detailing privacy's growing entanglement with the logics, sensibilities, and value systems of Silicon Valley and the national security state.