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Post-Doctoral Fellows

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Post-Doctoral Fellows

Name: Alix Johnson

Alix Johnson is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University, affiliated with the Surveillance Studies Centre. She earned her PhD in 2018 at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where her research traced the emerging data center industry in Iceland as a lens on questions of sovereignty, national identity, and imperial power. Her next project investigates technologies of surveillance and nation in the increasingly securitized Arctic North.

Dr. Johnson will be teaching SOCY-303: Gender and Sexuality and SOCY-304: Surveillance and Empire this upcoming academic year.

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Name: sava saheli singh

sava is a postdoctoral fellow with the Surveillance Studies Centre, working on an OPC-funded knowledge translation project for the Big Data Surveillance project. she completed her PhD in 2017 from New York University's Educational Communication and Technology program. her dissertation, titled "Academic Twitter: Pushing the Boundaries of Traditional Scholarship", addresses how 21st century academics negotiate their professional identities as a complex form of emotional, intellectual, and academic labor and the ways in which this helps and hinders their academic and personal lives. her current research interests include educational surveillance and critically examining the effects of technology and techno-utopianism on society.

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Name: Tommy Cooke

Tommy Cooke is a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen’s University, working on digital privacy. Between 2018 and 2020, Cooke is building an interdisciplinary research team to conduct an empirical study of meta-data. “A Day in the Life of Meta-Data”, supervised by Dr. David Lyon, follows the creation, change, and circulation of one small piece of GPS coordinate data from within a smartphone, across a marketing network, and towards a government border. The project aims to elucidate the various alterations, manipulations, and interpretations that small bits of data undergoes as it travels across numerous transmission channels. By making this tiny bit of meta-data visible and legible to us as researchers, the project seeks to ground theoretical understandings within the field of Surveillance Studies - particularly those inspired by the Snowden revelations - about how seemingly innocuous bits of data created by casual smartphone usage plays a role in marketing and security profiling on the one hand, and marketing and security treatment on the other. This project is a continuation of theoretical work conducted at the Centre for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) GmbH in Bochum, Germany, which critically (re)articulates digital privacy as a matter of bottom-up, user-oriented data discovery by hacking mobile technologies.

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