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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Surveillance in a Security-Concerned Society

surveillance in a security-concerned society
Surveillance in a Security-Concerned Society

Friday, April 24, 2015
2:00 p.m.

McGuinn Hall, Room 121
Boston College


  • Torin Monahan, University of
    North Carolina
  • David Rosen, Trinity College
  • Shaun Spencer, University of Massachusetts School of Law


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about the speakers


Torin Monahan

Torin Monahan is a professor of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina. His book Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity won the Surveillance Studies Book Prize in 2011. Dr. Monahan has written two other books on the topic, has coauthored two more, and Monahan is an associate editor of the leading academic journal on surveillance, Surveillance & Society. He is currently overseeing an NSF-funded project, which investigates the data-sharing practices of the Department of Homeland Security "fusion centers", sites oriented toward the provision of national security.


David Rosen

David Rosen is a Professor of English at Trinity College. He and Aaron Santesso recently authored a widely-acclaimed book titled The Watchman in Pieces: Surveillance, Literature, and Liberal Personhood, which won Modern Language Association’s James Russell Lowell Prize. He has also written as well as a number of scholarly articles on surveillance from a literary perspective.



Shaun Spencer

Shaun Spencer is a Professor of Law and the Director of Legal Skills and the University of Massachusetts School of Law. He has previously taught at Harvard Law School as well as Boston College Law School. He is an expert in privacy law and has authored numerous academic articles on privacy and surveillance, including most recently an examination of how the law treats the privacy of information entitled “The Surveillance Society and the Third-Party Privacy Problem.”