I write about technology, biometrics, immigration, & borders for a variety of platforms, ranging from top academic presses to popular blogs. Below are some of my recent publications:
Researching Digital Identity in Times of Crisis. Workshop Report for the Alan Turing Institute (August 2021).
Gateway or Barrier? The Contested Politics of Humanitarian Biometrics. Datafication and Digital Rights (blog) (12 January 2021).
Passing as a Refugee. Africa is a Country (10 November 2020).
Machine-Readable Refugees. London Review of Books (LRB) Blog (14 September 2020).
Conversation with Ruben Andersson. Africa is a Country (9 July 2018).
Conversation with Abdul Adan. Africa is a Country (11 October 2017)
Academic Papers & Reports
(In progress) Exclusion within National Biometric and Digital ID Systems: Case Studies from the Global South. White paper for the Alan Turing Institute.
Biometrics Collection Under the Pretext of Counter-Terrorism. Case Study of Israel/Palestine and Case Study of Somalia. Report for Privacy International (28 May 2021).
Globalizing Racism and De-provincializing Muslim Africa. Modern Intellectual History (May 2021). Co-authored with Alden Young.
Between Surveillance and Recognition: Rethinking Digital Identity in Aid. Big Data and Society (1 April 2021). Co-authored with Margie Cheesman, Aaron Martin, and Emrys Schoemaker.
Biometrics, Race Making, and White Exceptionalism: The Controversy Over Universal Fingerprinting in Post-World War II Kenya. The Journal of African History 61:1 (March 2020): 23-43.
Rethinking the “Shifta War” Fifty Years After Independence: Myth, Memory, and Marginalization. In Kenya at Fifty: History, Policy, Politics, eds. Michael M. Kithinji, Mickie M. Koster, and Jerono P. Rotich. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Producing History from Elisions, Fragments, and Silences: Public Testimony, the Asiatic Poll-Tax Campaign, and the Isaaq Somali Population of Kenya. Journal of Northeast African Studies 13: 2 (2013): 177-206.