Simone A. Browne
Affiliate Faculty — Ph.D., 2007, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Simone Browne began her faculty position in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. She teaches and researches surveillance studies, biometrics, airport protocol, popular culture, and black diaspora studies. She is a member of the Executive Board of HASTAC.
Professor Browne's book , Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness, examines surveillance with a focus on slavery, biometric information technology, airports, borders, and creative texts. You can read the Introduction to Dark Matters here
Currently reading Blinded by Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind by Osagie K. Obasogie
- Peer-Reviewed Articles
- Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters
- Peer-Reviewed Journal Special Issue
- Peer-Reviewed Journal Special Issue in Progress
Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness
Browne, S. "Everybody’s Got a Little Light Under the Sun: Black Luminosity and the Visual Culture of Surveillance." Cultural Studies 26(4), 2012: 542-564.
Browne, S. “Digital Epidermalization: Race, Identity and Biometrics." Critical Sociology 36(1), 2010: 131-150.
Browne, S. “Getting Carded: Border Control and the Politics of Canada’s Permanent Resident Card." Citizenship Studies 9(4), 2005: 423-438.
Browne, S. “Of ‘Passport Babies’ and ‘Border Control’: The Case of Mavis Baker v. Minister ofCitizenship and Immigration." Atlantis 26(2), 2002: 97-108.
Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters
French, M. and S. Browne. “Surveillance as Social Regulation: Profiles and Profiling Technology." Criminalization, Representation, Regulation: Thinking Differently About Crime. Eds. Deborah Brock, Amanda Glasbeek, and Carmela Murdocca. University of Toronto Press, 2014: 251-284.
Browne, S. “Race and Surveillance." Routledge Handbook of Surveillance Studies. Eds. Kirstie Ball, Kevin D. Haggerty, and David Lyon. Routledge, 2012: 72-79.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Special Issue
The Obamas and the New Politics of Race. Special Issue, Qualitative Sociology 35(2), Eds. Simone Browne and Ben Carrington, 2012.
Download "Introduction" here.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Special Issue in Progress
Race and Surveillance. Special Issue, Surveillance & Society, Eds. Simone Browne, Katherine McKittrick and Ronak K. Kapadia.
Upcoming Talks + Past Presentations
MediaLive 2016: Corruption
The Color of Surveillance: Government Monitoring of the Black Community
Dark Matters - Author Meets Critics at the AAG
Red Emma's Bookstore
Department of American Studies and Ethnicity
Digital Studies Workshop
Open Score: Art and Technology 2016
Department of African American Studies
Department of Film and Media Studies
Department of Information Studies
Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association
October 10, 2015, Toronto Canada
States of Surveillance: New Directions and Empirical Projects Symposium
America and it's "Unfit": Eugenics Then and Now Conference
‘Smile! You are being recorded’: CCTV and Other Tools of Surveillance
Black. Life. Forms.
Surveillance, Style and Subversion: DIY and Other Responses to Biometric Data Collection
Race and Surveillance: From Slavery to the Age of 'Big Data'
October 15, 2014, Department of Sociology, Princeton University
When Blackness Enters the Frame: Surveillance, Biometric Technology and Subversion
October 16, 2014, Center for African American Studies, Princeton University
When Blackness Enters the Frame
November 16, 2014, This Isn’t About the Future: Black Digital Culture Now Conference. California Institute of the Arts
Dark Sousveillance: Surveillance, Race and Resistance
The Color of Surveillance 2016. Georgetown Law
Open Score: Art + Technology 2016. New Museum
Art in the Overseen World
The Lens in the Mirror: How Surveillance is Pictured in the Media and Public Culture
A Joint Open Society-BagNews Salon
NEW INC: What are the lived effects of surveillance? A panel moderated by Kate Crawford, with Simone Browne, Jade E. Davis, Biella Coleman, and Karen Levy.
Dark Sousveillance Race, Surveillance and Resistance
Dark Sousveillance Race, Surveillance and Resistance
Media Appearances + Interviews
"The Surveillance of Blackness: From the Transatlantic Slave Trade to Contemporary Surveillance Technologies" (link) truthout (February 2016)
"‘The Lulz Continue’: The New Museum and Rhizome Co-Host the First Open Score Conference on Art and Technology" (link) Art News (February 2016)
"5 Questions: Dr. Simone Browne, Associate Professor, African and African Diaspora Studies" (link) (January 2016)
"Abuse of data comes as no surprise. A conversation with cyberfeminist research collective Deep Lab" (link). Impose Magazine (July 2015)
"Exploring feminist hacktivism with Deep Lab" (link). i-D Magazine (July 2015)
The University of Texas at Austin (select)
Chair, Recruitment and Retention Sub-Committee, Council for Racial and Ethnic Equity and Diversity, 2015-present
Member, Council for Racial and Ethnic Equity and Diversity, 2015-present
Departmental Representative, Institutional Research Board, 2015-present
Faculty Panel Member, Bridging Disciplines Program (Cultural Studies section), 2011-present
Member, Faculty Council (elected), 2013-2015, 2009-2011
Chair (elected), Recruitment and Retention Committee, Standing Committee of the General Faculty, 2014-2015
Co-Chair (elected), Recruitment and Retention Committee, Standing Committee of the General Faculty, 2013-2014
Faculty Advisor, Texas Feminists (undergraduate student organization), 2011-2014
Department of African and African Diaspora Studies
Graduate Admissions Committee 2015-present
Executive Committee (elected), 2014-2015
Department of Sociology
Executive Committee (elected), 2012-2013
Graduate Admissions Committee (elected), 2011-2012
Center for Women’s and Gender Studies
Chair, Graduate Admissions Committee, 2015-present
Chair, Graduate Admissions Committee, 2014-2015
Member, Graduate Admissions Committee, 2011-2012
Warfield Center for African and African American Studies
Executive Committee (elected), 2009-2011
Executive Board Member. Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC), 2014-present
Initial Judge. HASTAC Digital Media and Learning Competition, 2009, 2010, 2014
Steering Committee. HASTAC, 2008-2014