Rachel Hall

Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies

Associate Professor

Rachel Hall

114 Sims Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-1230


Rachel Hall studies how visual logics shape our ideas about risk, security, mobility, access, and sustainability. Her current book project, "Natural Feelings: Anthropocene Remorse as a Settler Colonial Aesthetic," traces the recurrent white fantasy of adopting Native perspectives as a way of envisioning continuity with the nonhuman, from the nineteenth century to the present.

View a list of Hall’s published work.


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Selected Publications

  • “Architectures of Risk and Resiliency: ‘Embedded Security’ and the Redesign of Sandy Hook Elementary School.” Routledge Companion: Critical Approaches to Contemporary Architecture, edited by Swati Chattopadhyay and Jeremy White. New York: Routledge (2019).
  • Expecting the Worst: Active-Shooter Scenario Play in American Schools.” Futureproof: Security Aesthetics and the Urban Imaginary. Durham: Duke University Press (2019).
  • The Transparent Traveler: The Performance and Culture of Airport Security. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015.
  • Wanted: The Outlaw in American Visual Culture. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009.

Selected Invited Presentations

  • “Automating Injustice.” Monday Night Seminar at the Marshall McLuhan Center, University of Toronto (October 2017).
  • “Asymmetrical Transparency: The Global Politics of Risk Management” Securing the Image: Surveillance, Verification and Global Violence (Symposium on Visual Rhetoric), Northwestern University, October 2014.
  • “Wanted Dead: On the Refusal to Publicly Display Images of Bin Laden’s Corpse” Featured Speaker, Annual International Crime, Media and Popular Culture Studies Conference, Indiana State University, 2013.