American Studies

Simone A. Browne

Affiliate FacultyPh.D., 2007, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Associate Professor
Simone A. Browne



Simone Browne completed her PhD in 2007. She began her faculty position in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. She researches and teaches in the areas of Surveillance Studies, Social Media, Social Network Sites, and Black Diaspora Studies. She is a member of the Executive Board of HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory)

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.

She recently participated in "The Lens in the Mirror: How Surveillance is Pictured in the Media and Public Culture — A Joint Open Society-BagNews Salon" (video link)

In May 2015 she participated in the New Museum’s biennial Ideas City festival as part of a collaboration between New Inc and Deep Lab, a cyberfeminist research collective (video link)





Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness

Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness

Simone Browne

Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness
October 2015
Duke University Press Books


Peer-Reviewed Articles

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.

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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.

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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.

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Peer-Reviewed Journal Special Issue in Progress

Race and Surveillance. Special Issue, Surveillance & Society, Eds. Simone Browne, Ronak K. Kapadia and Katherine McKittrick.

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Review Essay

Browne, S. “Framing Governance." International Feminist journal of Politics 6(4), 2004: 685-693.

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Book Reviews

Browne, S. “Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity." Rev. of Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity, by Torin Monahan. Contemporary Sociology 40(4), 2011: 471-472.

Browne, S. “Selling Diversity: Immigration, Multiculturalism, Employment Equity and Globalization." Rev. of Selling Diversity: Immigration, Multiculturalism, Employment Equity and Globalization, by Yasmeen Abu-Laban and Christina Gabriel. Resources for Feminist Research 31(1/2), 2004: 35-36.

Browne, S. “Gender, Race, and Nation: A Global Perspective." Rev. of Gender, Race, and Nation: A Global Perspective, Eds. Vanaja Dhruvarajan and Jill Vickers. Canadian Woman Studies 23(1), 2003: 182.

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Talks & Presentations

America and it's "Unfit": Eugenics Then and Now Conference.

September 25-26, 2015, New York University. 

States of Surveillance: New Directions and Empirical Projects Symposium.

October 1-2, 2015, University of Kansas.

Department of Information Studies.

October 29, 2015, University of California, Los Angeles.

Department of Film and Media Studies.

November 19, 2015, University of California, Santa Barbara

‘Smile! You are being recorded’: CCTV and Other Tools of Surveillance.

April 3, 2015, Our Own Devices: Tools of the Humanities Symposium. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 


April 10, 2015, Biocode: Permforming Transgression after New Media Conference, University of Pennsylvania

Surveillance, Style and Subversion: DIY and Other Responses to Biometric Data Collection

October 3, 2014, Data, Social Justice and the Humanities Conference. University of Michigan

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

December 9, 2013, CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative Speaker Series. New York City

Cyber-Ethnographies, Mobilities, & Visual Cultures: Profiling Simone Browne

January 9, 2012, University of Texas at Austin



Surveillant Anxiety

Surveillant Anxiety

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

Graduate Center, CUNY by the Digital Praxis Seminar and the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative

Media Appearances

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)