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Area of Study: Media and Technology Studies

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Curriculum Vitae




Torin Monahan is a Professor of Communication at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With training in science and technology studies, Monahan is an accomplished interdisciplinary scholar whose work appears in top journals across multiple fields. He has published over fifty articles or book chapters and six books, including Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity, which won the Surveillance Studies Book Prize of the Surveillance Studies Network. Monahan is Editor-in-Chief of the leading academic journal on surveillance, Surveillance & Society, and is Principal Investigator on the NSF-funded Platform Mediation research project.


Research Interests

Monahan’s research focuses on institutional transformations with new technologies, with a particular emphasis on surveillance and security programs. Areas of expertise include science and technology studies, surveillance studies, platform studies, visual culture, and ethnography. He is currently working on a new book project: Crisis Vision: Race and the Cultural Production of Surveillance.


Recent Publications

Monahan, T. 2021. Reckoning with COVID, Racial Violence, and the Perilous Pursuit of Transparency. Surveillance & Society 19 (1): 1-10.

Monahan, T. 2020. The Arresting Gaze: Artistic Disruptions of Antiblack Surveillance. International Journal of Cultural Studies 23 (4): 564-581.

Monahan, T. 2020. Monopolizing Mobilities: The Data Politics of Ride-hailing Platforms in US Cities. Telematics and Informatics 55: 101436.

Monahan, T., & Fisher, J.A. 2020. Sacrificial Labour: Social Inequality, Identity Work, and the Damaging Pursuit of Elusive Futures. Work, Employment and Society 34 (3):  441-456.

Monahan, T. & Murakami Wood, D. (eds.) (2018). Surveillance Studies: A Reader. Oxford: Oxford University Press.