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Iván Chaar López

 Austin, Texas, United States
Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies; Principal Investigator, Border Tech Lab, The University of Texas at Austin.


Iván Chaar López is an Assistant Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the Principal Investigator of the Border Tech Lab, and his work appears in American Quarterly, Social Studies of Science, Critical Ethnic Studies, The Guardian, and Interactions (ACM). As a member of Precarity Lab, he co-wrote Technoprecarious (Goldsmiths, 2020).

Scholarly beginnings

A research idea

Envisioning possible futures in the field of communication and media studies

Learn more about Prof. Chaar López’s journey

Selected readings

Chaar López, I. Forthcoming. The Cybernetic Border: Drones, Technology, and Intrusion. Durham: Duke University Press.

Forthcoming. “Artificial Intelligence, Microwork, and the Racial Politics of Care.” Written by Iván Chaar López and Victoria Sánchez. In Feminist Cyberlaw, edited by Meg Leta Jones and Amanda Lewendowski. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Chaar López, I., 2022. «Latina/o/e Technoscience: Labor, Race, and Gender in Cybernetics and Computing.» Social Studies of Science 52, no. 6. doi:10.1177/03063127221108515.

Chaar López, I., 2020. «Alien Data: Immigration and Regimes of Connectivity in the United States.» Critical Ethnic Studies 6, no. 2. doi:10.5749/CES.0602.lopez

2020. Technoprecarious. Written by Precarity Lab (Cass Adair, Iván Chaar López, Anna Watkins Fisher, Cindy Lin, Silvia Lindtner, Lisa Nakamura, Cengiz Salman, Kalindi Vora, Jackie Wang, McKenzie Wark with Meryem Kamil). London: Goldsmiths Press.

Chaar López, I., 2019. «Sensing Intruders: Race and the Automation of Border Control.” American Quarterly 71, no. 2 (June): 495-518. [Awarded ASA 2020 Constance M. Rourke Award for Best Article]

Watch Prof. Chaar López present “The Cybernetic Border” at the Center for Latinx Digital Media

Listen to Prof. Chaar López’s insights about his professional journey in El Café Latinx podcast