Papers & Talks

Professional Papers

2017 - “Border Disturbances: Dissent in the Age of the Machine.” American Studies Association Conference, Chicago, November 9-12.


2017 - “Drone Development as Boundary Making: Firebees and the U.S. Nation in the Cold War.” 4S Conference: STS (In)Sensibilities, Boston, August 30-September 2.

2017 - “Coding the Border Patrol Program: The Making of the Cybernetic Border.” Organization of American Historians Conference, New Orleans, April 6-9.


2016 - “Patterns of Order: The Cybernetic Border before Drone Technopolitics.” American Studies Association Conference, Denver, November 17-20.


2016 - “Cybernetics, Technology, and Nation-Making in the U.S. Borderlands.” 4S/EASST Conference: Science and Technology by Other Means, Barcelona, August 31-September 3.


2015 - “Drone Control: Race and Algorithmic Sovereignty on the U.S.-Mexico Border.” American Studies Association Conference, Toronto, October 8-11.

2015 - “Necropolitical Technologies: Webmapping and Governmentality in Puerto Rico.” XXXIII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 27-30.

2015 - “An Empire of (Autonomous) Control: Drones and the U.S. Southern Border.” Disentangling Empire: The United States and the World, Department of History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, May 8-9.

2014 - “The Bridge-ing of International Latino Studies/Global Border Studies: An Experiment in Collective Authorship.” (Co-written with Amy Sara Carroll, Orquidea Morales, Ricardo Dominguez) An International Latina/o Studies Conference, Palmer House, July 19.


2013 - “Face-to-Face with Loss: The Young Lords Party and the Mourning of Alterity.” Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, St. Louis Union Station Hotel, October 11. (pdf)


2012 - “Radical Steps: La Escalera and the Construction of the Male Radical Intellectual in Puerto Rico, 1966-1973.” American Studies Association Conference, Puerto Rico Convention Center, November 15. (pdf)

Guest Lecturer

2017. “The Flight of the Firebee: Drones in the Frontier.” Emergent Research Series, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, December 13.

2012 - “‘En la calle muero’: atisbos a la narcocultura en Puerto Rico.” Talk given at Departamento de Humanidades, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Arecibo, February 16.

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