Katherine Chandler researcher, critic and artist

Katherine Chandler



Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University Assistant Professor, Culture and Politics Program


University of California, Berkeley, USA – 2008 to 2014 Ph.D. Rhetoric, Designated Emphasis in New Media

  • Dissertation: Drone Flight and Failure: the United States’ Secret Trials, Experiments and Operations in Unmanning, 1936 – 1973

Universiteit Van Amsterdam, Netherlands – 2006 to 2008 M.A. in Cultural Analysis, Cum Laude

  • Thesis: In Search of Landscapes: Humans, Technologies and Ecologies in Terrains of Conflict

Centro Morelense de las Artes, Mexico – 2003 to 2005 Diploma in Photography and Visual Arts

New College, Honor’s College of Florida, USA – 1996 to 2001 B.A. in Sociology, National Merit Scholar


Townsend Center for the Humanities Dissertation Fellowship – 2013 to 2014

Peter Lyman Graduate Fellowship, Berkeley Center for New Media – 2012

HSP-Huygens Scholarship, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research – 2007 to 2008


The Case for Space.” Recipient of the Capital Fellowship.  Provisions: Art for Social Change, George Mason University, Washington, D.C., USA.

The Decapitated Museum.” Recipient of a Banff Centre Scholarship.  Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada.


Visiting Alumnae/i Fellow – Department of Sociology, New College, Honor’s College of Florida, USA

  • Techno-Environments: Introduction to Studies of Science and Technology, Spring 2012


“A Bee with an Electronic Brain: Drone Flights in Cold War America.” Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism and Development 6.2 (2015): 309-316. Print.

5,000 Feet is the Best: Re-Viewing the Politics of Unmanned Aircraft Systems.Knowledge Politics and Intercultural Dynamics 5.1 (2012): 63-74. Print.

System Failures.The New Inquiry. 16 Aug. 2012. Web.

Political Environments.qui parle. 19.2 (2011): 300-309. Print.

Where Are the Shoes?Vincent Everywhere: Van Gogh’s Inter(National) Identities. Eds. Rachel Esner & Margriet Schavemaker. Amsterdam, Netherlands, University of Amsterdam Press, 2010. 63-75. Print.


Crash History of Drones Center for Innovation, Universidade Federal do ABC, Santo Andre, Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 17, 2014.

Drone Crash Creative Resistance: Reclaiming Citizen Power through Social Media & the Arts, Pan-Optics:  Emerging Perspectives on Visual Privacy and Surveillance, CITRIS Center, University of California, Berkeley, USA, March 6, 2014

Unmanning Politics: Drone Surveillance from 1960 to 1973 Military Optics and Bodies of Difference, The Center for Race and Gender Thursday Forum Series, University of California, Berkeley, USA, February 27, 2014

Tele-scribing the Enemy: the Knowns and Unknowns of Television Targeting Modes of Technoscientific Knowledge, International Winterschool, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Manigold, France, January 19 – 25, 2014

 Drone Flights and Failures: Cold War and post-Cold War Techno-Politics STS Challenges, Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Sciences, San Diego, CA, USA, October 9 -12, 2013

Screening Targets Thresholds: Seams, Scars, Reveals, Third Annual Princeton-Weimar Summer School for New Media, Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany, June 15-22, 2013

5 Theses on Drones Guest Lecture for “Cities as Battleground,” CULP-345: De-touring the Global City, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., USA, April 15, 2013

‘The Bee with the Electronic Brain:’ Animals, Technologies, and Others in the Cold War Mapping Animalities: Communicative Ecologies, Nonhuman Worlds, American Comparative Literature Association Conference, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, April 5-6, 2013

Drone Vision: Seeing ‘Others’ through Unmanned Systems Speculating the Carceral Planet, Speculative Visions of Race, Science, Technology and Survival, University of California, Berkeley, USA, March 14-15, 2013

Drone Crash for the Drones at Home Exhibition, Performance, Talk, and Curated Images, Gallery at CALIT2, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA, December 6, 2012 (with collaborators Ricardo Dominguez and Ian Paul)

System Failures On-line / Off-line Performance Workshop Group, Geo-Body Politics of Emancipation, Hemispheric Institute Graduate Student Convergence, Duke University, Chapel Hill, NC, USA, November 9 – 11, 2012

Technological Sensing: Unmanned Aerial Systems and the Politics of Feedback States of Surveillance, Cultures of Surveillance Conference, University College of London, England, September 29 – October 1, 2011

Arbona’s Drone Report Performance, Sound, and Moving / Still Images, Artist’s Television Access, San Francisco, CA, USA, March 19, 2011 (with collaborators Javier Arbona and Nick Sowers)

#DEMILIT in San Jose Lecture, Performance, Video, and Walk, Works Gallery, 01SJ Biennale and CCA Architecture, San Jose, CA, USA, September 16, 2010 (with collaborators #DEMILIT, Code Pink and Silicon Valley De-Bug)


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