Andrea Miller

Andrea Miller


Position Title
Graduated 2020


Dissertation: Environmental Order: Making and Securing Ecosystems from Nuclear to Cyber

Research Interests: Critical Military and Policing Studies; Racialization; Drone Warfare, Cybersecurity, and Preemptive Governance; Nuclear Energy, Security, and Weapons Manufacturing; Politics of Extraction, Ecology, and Infrastructure; Transnational Feminist Studies; Science and Technology Studies; Cultural and Historical Geography

Fellowship, Grants, and Awards:

  • Provost's Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of California, Davis, 2019-2020
  • Graduate Studies Travel Award, University of California, Davis, Spring 2019
  • Humanities Program Graduate Summer Fellowship, University of California, Davis, Summer 2018
  • Mellon Summer Research Fellow, Mellon Research Initiative: Comparative Border Studies, University of California, Davis, Summer 2017
  • Mellon Graduate Fellow, Surveillance Democracies, John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures (2015-2016)
  • UC Davis Humanities Institute, Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies (HArCS) Summer Fellowship (2015)
  • Graduate Scholars Fellowship (2014-2015)


  • BA, Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Women's and Gender Studies, University of South Carolina Upstate, 2009.
  • MA, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Georgia State University, 2014.


  • “Data-Driven Policing and the Colonial Database,” in Counterpoints: Bay Area Data and Stories for Resisting Displacement, 1970–2017, edited by the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project. PM Press, forthcoming 2020.
  • “Drones as ‘Atmospheric Policing’: From US Border Enforcement to the LAPD.” Co-authored with Caren Kaplan. Public Culture 31, no. 3 (September 2019): 419–445.
  • “Shadows of War, Traces of Policing: Weaponizing Space and the Sensible in Preemption.” In Captivating Technology: Race, Technoscience, Carcerality and Liberating Imagination, edited by Ruha Benjamin. Duke University Press, forthcoming.
  • “(Im)Material Terror: Incitement to Violence Discourse As Racializing Technology in the War on Terror.” In Life in the Age of Drone Warfare, edited by Lisa Parks and Caren Kaplan. Durham: Duke University Press, 2017.
  • "Protocological Violence and the Colonial Database." Antipode. May 2017.
  • “Intervention Symposium: Introduction to Algorithmic Governance.” Co-authored with Jeremy Crampton. Antipode. May 2017.
  • “Ghost Photography in the War on Terror: Manadel al-Jamadi and the Shadow of Surveillance.” Media Fields Journal 11 (2016).


  • “The Embattled Urban Ecosystem: The Speculative Value of Racialized Threat in Cyber-Driven Redevelopment,” Society for American City and Regional Planning History 18th National Conference on Planning History, Arlington, VA, November 2019.
  • Panelist, “Transnational Feminist Cultural Studies of Travel, Militarism, and Empire: A Retirement Symposium in Honor of Caren Kaplan,” University of California, Davis, May 2019.
  • “Cyber Insecurities and the Racial Capitalism of Urban Redevelopment,” “Insecurity Conference,” Center for 21st Century Studies and the College of Letters and Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, May 2019.
  • Panelist, “Science and Technologies of Racial Capitalism.” American Association of Geographers, Washington, DC, April 2019.
  • Paper session co-organizer and presenter, “Ecosystems of Promise and Threat: Cyber Security, Racial Capitalism, and Urban Redevelopment.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 2018.
  • "The Promise of Threat: Race, Cyber Security, and Urban Redevelopment in Augusta, Georgia." American Association of Geographers, New Orleans, LA, April 2018.
  • "Remote Sensing the Border Imaginary in Postcommodity’s Repellent Fence.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, November 2017.
  • “Shadows of War, Traces of Risk: Preemptive Policing and the Production of Carceral Space in Atlanta, GA.” Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, August 2017.
  • “Wartime Sense-making and Atmospheric Violence at Stone Mountain, GA.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, November 2016.
  • “‘Excessively Crude or Objectionable’: Metadata+ and the (In)Visibility of US Drone Warfare.” Visible Evidence XXIII, Bozeman, MT, August 2016.
  • "Aerial Dispositions and Atmospheric Politics," co-authored with Caren Kaplan. Eyes in the Skies: Drones and the Politics of Distance Warfare, University of California, Davis, April 2016.