The first draft of what became this book was started when I was a PhD
student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I was lucky
enough to be surrounded by scholars and friends who provided rich
critical race feminist analysis that was characteristic of the Institute of
Communications Research, where I was in residence. The help I received
from members of the cu Feminist Collective in formulating this project
cannot be overestimated. Aisha Durham first gave me the idea of writ-
ing about biometric technologies during a co√ee session, when she sug-
gested I take a look at their use in the regulation of welfare recipients. Her
incredible insight, brilliance, and generosity as a scholar informed this
book from the start. Without my study buddy, Celiany Rivera Velàzquez, I
never would have made it through the writing stage of the draft that
became this book. Celiany always pushed my theoretical boundaries. Her
reflections on the complexities of hybridity, racialization, and queer femi-
nisms were invaluable, and she always had an hour (or four) to bring her
insight to bear on my project. I also remain incredibly grateful for the day
that Himika Bhattacharya decided to join the Institute. Her dazzling intel-
lect, inspired comments, and vast knowledge of intersectional feminist
theory were incredibly important to my understanding of biometric tech-
nologies. All were fabulous for their theoretical help and for lending me
their shoulders to cry on (which I did with regularity). Before I even
arrived at the Institute a phone discussion with Jillian Baez while I was
deciding where to go to graduate school was key. Jillian and I began at the
Institute in the same year. Her razor-sharp mind pushed my own think-
ing. (And her hilarious sense of humor didn’t hurt either!) Carolyn Ran-
Previous Page Next Page