KATHERINE CHANDLER

I am an assistant professor of Culture and Politics in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. I study media and technology to address global politics. I draw on theories and methods from science and technology studies, media theory, geography, political theory and art practice.

Unmanning: How Humans, Machines and Media Perform Drone Warfare (Rutgers University Press, 2020) studies failed experiments by the United States military to unman aircraft in the twentieth century. I look at how networked parts of the drone are entangled with gender, race and nation. Unmanning is a disavowal of politics as technology that serves and obfuscates American power.

My second project,
Drone Publics examines the international networks that promote drone innovation in Africa. I use these cases to ask how the militaristic origins of drone aircraft are refashioned through commercial projects, humanitarianism and development on the African continent. Through these projects, I analyze the stakes of an international public sphere created and undone by media and technology.

I am also working on a co-authored book (with Hillary Mushkin) on arts, politics and technology called Drone Archive. The project utilizes drawings and feminist art practice to engage with the histories of power and control exemplified by drone aircraft.

© 2020 by Katherine Chandler