Dr. Travis Hall was an Associate Researcher at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. His research focuses on the governmental logics of identification programs across historical
and cultural contexts. He has studied the use of tattoos in Auschwitz, the deployment of mobile
biometrics in Iraq and Afghanistan by the U.S. military, and India’s Unique ID civil biometric
Through the course of his research, Dr. Hall became an IEEE Certified Biometrics Professional.
Dr. Hall consults regularly with privacy and immigration rights advocates regarding the U.S.
government’s surveillance programs. Dr. Hall earned his PhD in Media, Culture and Communication
at New York University under the direction of Helen Nissenbaum, and received his Masters in International
Communication and Bachelors in International Relations from American University.