the Team

Co-Director & Associate Professor of Cinema and Digital Media
UC Davis

Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli is a film and media scholar whose work focuses on representations and theorizations of violence in film, media, and online. Nation building, ethnocentric and sexual violence in the Balkans and Eastern Europe; Nazism, Facism and the Holocaust; The relation of image to gesture and experience in film and digital media theory; Surveillance and social media; Digital art and experimental cinema and the uncanny; glitching and the discourse of emergence. This research has resulted in The Unmaking of Fascist Aesthetics (University of Minnesota Press, 2001) and she has completed a manuscript, Mythopoetic Cinema on the Margins of Europe, and is currently working on a new book project on surveillance and the digital uncanny.

She has published articles on film, performance, installation art, new media, and the hacker group Anonymous in Camera Obscura, Film Quarterly, LEA, PAJ, Representations, Screen, Third Text and numerous collected volumes. She is the co-editor with Professor Martine Begneut of the Edinburgh University Press series in Film Studies. Her interest in the “digital uncanny” and the culture of surveillance has inspired Recoded, the large international conference on the politics and landscapes of new media, and Figures of the Visceral and Gaming the Game.

Director, California International Law Center Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law
UC Davis School of Law

Anupam Chander is Director of the California International Law Center and Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, he has been a visiting professor at Yale, Chicago, Stanford, and Cornell. The author of The Electronic Silk Road (Yale University Press), he has published widely in the nation’s leading law journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the NYU Law Review, and the California Law Review. He practiced law in New York and Hong Kong with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. He served on the executive council of the American Society of International Law and serves as a judge for the Stanford Junior International Faculty Forum. The recipient of Google Research Awards and an Andrew Mellon grant on the topic of surveillance, he is a member of the ICTSD/World Economic Forum E15 expert group on the digital economy and the World Economic Forum expert group on Internet fragmentation.

Director, CITRIS People and Robots Initiative
Professor, UC Berkeley

Ken Goldberg is an artist and UC Berkeley professor. He and his students investigate robotics, automation, art, and social media. Ken is Director of the People and Robots Initiative (a CITRIS multicampus multidisciplinary research program established in April 2015) and UC Berkeley’s Automation Sciences Research Lab (since 1995). Goldberg earned dual degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (1984) and MS and PhD degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (1990). He joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1995 where he is Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR), with secondary appointments in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science (EECS), Art Practice, the School of Information, and in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the UCSF Medical School.

Goldberg has published over 200 peer-reviewed technical papers on algorithms for robotics, automation, and social information filtering; his inventions have been awarded eight US Patents. He is Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE), Co-Founder of the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM), the African Robotics Network (AFRON), the Center for Automation and Learning for Medical Robotics (CAL-MR), the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative (DDI), Hybrid Wisdom Labs, and Moxie Institute. Goldberg’s art installations are related to his research and have been exhibited at venues including the Whitney Biennial, Berkeley Art Museum, SF Contemporary Jewish Museum, Pompidou Center, Buenos Aires Biennial, and the ICC in Tokyo.

Mellon Sawyer Post-Doctoral Scholar
UC Davis School of Law

Uyen P. Le, who was most recently the Free Speech and Technology Postdoctoral Fellow with the California International Law Center at the UC Davis School of Law. Le will be actively engaged with the scholarly activities of the “Surveillance Democracies?” Sawyer Seminar in additio to working on her current research on the legal framework for sousveillance. Le obtained her B.A. in psychology at Yale University, with a focus on social and moral psychology. She received her J.D. from UC Davis School of Law with specialization in public international law. Le’s research focuses on protecting and enhancing human rights and development in the digital age. Her areas of interest traverse international trade law, international human rights law, and comparative privacy, speech, and censorship laws from regions including the US, EU, and East Asia. Some of Le’s published works include: Data Nationalism in Emory Law Journal (2016) (with A. Chander); Free Speech in Iowa Law Review (2014) (with A. Chander); Online and Linked In: “Public Morals” in the Human Rights and Trade Networks in North Carolina Journal of  International Law and Commercial Regulation (2012).

Mellon Sawyer Graduate Research Fellow
UC Davis

Colin Johnson is a Ph.D. student in Performance Studies at University of California, Davis focused on media ecologies and interfaces of play. His research interests reside in the representations of space and mapping in open-world videogames, and the use of motion capture technologies to surveil and index the movements of bodies and emotions. Before coming to Davis, Colin studied new media at UC Berkeley, received his M.A. from Fuller in Theology and Culture, and his B.A. in Religious Studies from Westmont College.

Mellon Sawyer Graduate Research Fellow
UC Davis

Andrea Miller is Ph.D. student in Cultural Studies at the University of California, Davis. Her research explores preemptive governance and drone warfare in the U.S. war on terror, examining the relationship between digital and embodied practices of targeting and surveillance, racialization, and the expansive redefinition of imminence and incitement to violence rhetoric in contemporary U.S. imperialism, policing, and everyday discourse. Andrea received her M.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Georgia State University in 2014 and her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of South Carolina Upstate in 2009.