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:
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.