Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies
Interim Department Chair
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.
- Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“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.