Torin Monahan is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on institutional transformations with new technologies, with a particular emphasis on the ways in which surveillance and security programs tend to reproduce social inequalities. Currently, he is overseeing an NSF-funded collaborative research project on the data-sharing practices of Department of Homeland Security "fusion centers," which are sites oriented toward the provision of national security. Areas of expertise include ethnography, science and technology studies, surveillance studies, critical criminology, urban studies, and contemporary social and cultural theory. Monahan is an elected council member of the Sociology of Science and Technology division of the International Sociological Association and is an associate editor of the leading academic journal on surveillance, Surveillance & Society.