Andrea Miller earned their PhD in Cultural Studies with a designated emphasis in Science and Technology Studies from the University of California, Davis, and a master's degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Georgia State University. In their research and teaching, Miller draws from transnational and postcolonial feminist studies, science and technology studies, and cultural studies to consider how technology, security, and empire shape sensibilities of race and gender. Their work has examined the racialized and gendered logics of drone warfare and preemption, the criminalization of online speech acts, predictive policing and biometric surveillance technologies, and US counterterrorism policy. Miller’s publications have appeared in journals such as Public Culture, Antipode, Gender, Place and Culture, and Small Wars & Insurgencies as well as various edited collections.
In their current book project, “Sensing the Cyber Ecosystem,” Miller examines the cyber ecosystem as a sense-making concept for the US security state. Through ethnographic and archival research in the Central Savannah River Area of Georgia and South Carolina, home to US Army Cyber Command and a growing cybersecurity market, they chart the cyber ecosystem as it travels across the military and security sector, higher education, and economic development. A product of Cold War–era defense projects, cybernetic ecological science, and the racial legacies of the post-Reconstruction South, the cyber ecosystem is not simply an innocent metaphor used to describe an increasingly networked digital world. Marshaling the force of natural law and scientific precepts, the cyber ecosystem governs how the security state senses and makes sense of relationships between global security and tech capital, affective and political economies of race and gender, and the technoscientific infrastructures, anxieties, and failures of US empire.