Simone's first book, Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness (forthcoming from Duke University Press), examines surveillance with a focus on biometrics, airports and borders, slavery, black mobilities and creative texts.
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, Social Media, Social Network Sites and Virtual Worlds, and Black Diaspora Studies. Recent publications in these areas include: Simone Browne. 2012. ‘Everybody’s got a little light under the sun’: Black Luminosity and the Visual Culture of Surveillance. Cultural Studies. Simone Browne. 2010. ‘Digital Epidermalization: Race, Identity and Biometrics.’ Critical Sociology 36.1: 131-150. ‘Race and Surveillance’ in the Routledge Handbook of Surveillance Studies, "a collection of over forty essays from the leading names in surveillance studies" edited by Kirstie Ball, Kevin Haggerty and David Lyon. Professor Browne's first book, Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness examines surveillance with a focus on biometric information technology, airports and borders, slavery, mobile communication, black mobilities and creative texts. Simone has been a member of the Steering Committee of HASTAC since 2008.