Katherine Chandler is a critical theorist and Assistant Professor of Culture and Politics in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Her teaching and research interests draw on science and technology studies, media theory, geography, political theory and art practice.
Her current research studies the pre-history of contemporary pilotless technologies to interrogate conditions that gave rise to their current use by the United States Military in the War on Terror.
The challenges of working with classified and formerly classified materials have led to several concurrent projects in the visual arts, which explore how secrecy operates within the context of unmanning and with what consequences. Her artwork creates an “unarchive of the unmanned,” pointing to the limits of what a technology can see and the resulting politics. This project has resulted in artistic residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Provisions: Art for Social Change at George Mason University, as well as number of exhibitions and critical texts about drones in contemporary art.