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Part of the series "Technologies of Power: Tracing Empire at Home & Abroad" | A public humanities initiative at Columbia University

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Katherine Chandler's research examines the intersection of technology, media and politics through a range of scales and forms. Her first monograph, Unmanning: How Humans, Machines and Media Perform Drone Warfare, studies unmanned aircraft from 1936 - 1992. She asks how life and death are adjudicated through conditions organized as if control were ''unmanned.'' She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley with a Designated Emphasis in New Media. Her work has been published in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies; Humanity: International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism and Development; Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience and qui parle: Critical Humanities and Social Science. Her second project, “Drone Publics,” is funded through Georgetown University’s competitive pilot grant program.

Brittany Meché is an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersections of Environmental Studies, Security Studies, African/Diaspora Studies, and Science and Technology Studies. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Williams College. Brittany earned her PhD in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley, and her work has been featured in Antipode, Society and Space, and in the edited volume A Research Agenda for Military Geographies. Brittany previously served as the Gaius Bolin Postdoctoral Fellow at Williams College and the McMillan-Stewart residential fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. She is completing a book manuscript about security interventions, climate change, and the afterlives of empire in the West African Sahel.

Eli Nelson (Kanien'kehá:ka) is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at Williams College and Director of Fellowships at the Center for Black, Brown, and Queer Studies. He earned his PhD in the History of Science from Harvard University in 2018. Dr. Nelson's current book manuscript, Sovereign Knowledge: The History of Native Science in the United States Empire, traces the history of Indigenous scientific knowledge production under settler colonial rule, what is frequently conceived of as "Native science," across different national contexts and disciplines in the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to the history of Native science, Dr. Nelson works on and teaches critical Indigenous theory, as well as Indigenous science fiction and futurism, and gender and sexuality.

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