Katherine Chandler researcher, critic and artist

Katherine Chandler



Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 2014 to present Assistant Professor and Field Chair, Culture and Politics Program

  • School of Foreign Service, Excellence in Teaching Award, 2016-2017


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: 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


Georgetown University Junior Faculty Fellowship  – 2017

Georgetown University Pilot Research Grant – 2016 to 2017

Townsend Center for the Humanities Dissertation Fellowship – 2013 to 2014

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

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.


“American Kamikaze: Television Guided Assault Drones during World War II.” Life in the Age of Drones, Eds. C. Kaplan and L. Parks (Durham and London, Duke University Press, 2017). 152-188.

“A Drone Manifesto: Re-forming the Partial Politics of Targeted Killing.” Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience [Special Issue – Digital Militarisms]. 2.1 (Spring/Summer, 2016). 1-23.

“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.


“Death by PowerPoint,” for invited panel discussion, “Remote Targeting,” at Remote Control: Scales of Mediated Intervention, Image-Knowledge-Gestaltung Cluster of Excellence, Humboldt University, June 29-30, 2017.

“Drone Publics,” invited lunchtime seminar at WiSER, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, March 28, 2017.

“Re-watching X-Files in the Global War on Terror,” Feminist World-Making, Society for the Social Studies of Science, Barcelona, Spain, August 31-September 3, 2016.

“Leaky Documents and Bureaucratic Killings,” Objects of Security and War, American Association of Geographers, San Francisco, CA, March 29-April 2, 2016.

“American Kamikaze,” in panel discussion, “Technology,” at Reconfiguring Global Space: The Geography, Politics, and Ethics of Drone Warfare, IU School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University, July 14-17, 2015.

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; also 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)

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

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

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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