Torin Monahan is a Professor of Communication at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on institutional and cultural transformations with new technologies, with a particular emphasis on surveillance and security programs. With training in science and technology studies, Monahan is an accomplished interdisciplinary scholar whose work appears in top journals across multiple fields. 


He has published over fifty articles or book chapters and six books, including Surveillance Studies: A Reader (with David Murakami Wood) and Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity, which won the Surveillance Studies Book Prize of the Surveillance Studies Network. Areas of expertise include science and technology studies, visual culture, surveillance studies, ethnography, urban studies, and contemporary social and cultural theory.


Monahan is Editor-in-Chief of the leading academic journal on surveillance, Surveillance & Society, and is Principal Investigator on the NSF-funded Platform Mediation research project.

"Reckoning with COVID, Racial Violence, and the Perilous Pursuit of Transparency"


T Monahan

Surveillance & Society 19 (1): 1-10


"Recoding the City: Cultural Mediation of Short-term Rental Platforms in the US. Cultural Studies 35 (4/5): 946-967"


T Monahan

Cultural Studies 35 (4/5): 946-967

"The Arresting Gaze: Artistic Disruptions of Antiblack Surveillance"


T Monahan

International Journal of Cultural Studies 23 (4): 564-581