My research focuses on three primary themes.
Law, Technology, and Social Life
My core research questions concern the relationships among technology, law, and social life. I’m particularly interested in the use of digital technologies for the enforcement of rules and laws–a phenomenon I’ve been calling “digital enforcement.” I investigate these dynamics in multiple contexts, with emphasis on how rules and technologies interact to regulate behavior, and how social control is conceptualized and contested by the regulated.
Social and Organizational Contexts of Surveillance
My dissertation analyzed the emergence of electronic monitoring as an enforcement tool in the long-haul trucking industry. I conducted ethnographic research with truck drivers, technologists, regulators, and other stakeholders in order to understand how electronic monitoring is emerging as a legal and organizational hybrid in this unique workplace. This project fits into a broader set of research questions about how emerging monitoring practices impact work and workers.
In addition, I’m interested in the role of information monitoring in intimate relationships. I am currently working on several projects investigating how surveillance is constructed as a practice of care through which we define, tend, and maintain close interpersonal relations.
Data Flows, Privacy, and Socioeconomic Marginalization
I am interested in how data collection uniquely impacts marginalized populations. This line of research considers how information flows impact economic redistribution and the internalization of risk for less powerful groups. In addition, I am interested in the conceptual nexus between privacy and socioeconomic justice.