American Studies
American Studies

Iván Chaar López

Core FacultyPh.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Assistant Professor
Iván Chaar López



Digital Studies, Ethnic Studies, Latina/o Studies, and Science & Technology Studies; art & visual culture, borderlands, capital, history of technology (especially electronics and computing), imperial formations, Latina/o lifeworlds and knowledge production, media archaeology, racial formation.


Professor Chaar López' research and teaching examine the politics and aesthetics of digital technologies. He is especially interested in the place of Latina/o/xs as targets, users, and developers of digital lifeworlds. He is currently working on a book, under contract with Duke University Press, about the intersecting histories of electronic technology, unmanned aerial systems, and boundary making along the U.S.-Mexico border. 
At the University of Texas, Chaar López teaches courses on Digital Studies, Science & Technology Studies (STS), and Latina/o Studies.
Chaar López has written about the shift, since the mid-twentieth century, in border and immigration enforcement towards what he calls the cybernetic border. Among the first articulations of the cybernetic border was the "electronic fence" of the 1970s and it is the object of analysis in "Sensing Intruders: Race and the Automation of Border Control" published in American Quarterly. A forthcoming article, titled "Alien Data: Immigration and Regimes of Connectivity," tackles the emergence of an alien data body through a media archaeology of immigration documents like the Green Card. 
As a founding member of the Precarity Lab, Chaar López co-wrote the "Digital Precarity Manifesto" published in Social Text and Technoprecarious (Goldsmiths Press/MIT Press, Fall 2020). His work has also appeared in The Guardian and Bloomberg Businessweek. 
Chaar López has received a variety of awards and grants that include a Mellon Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship in Latina/o Studies and Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University, the Digital Studies Fellowship from the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, and the Humanities Collaboratory Grant for Precarity Lab, University of Michigan (Dr. Lisa Nakamura, Principal Investigator).
He pursued doctoral studies in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he worked with Drs. Lisa Nakamura and Alex Minna Stern. He holds a B.A. in History of the Americas from the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras.
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AMS 390 • Borderlnds/Technology/Race-Wb

31655 • Spring 2021
Meets W 1:00PM-4:00PM

Graduate standing required. Permission from instructor required.

AMS 370 • Art/Data In The Digital Age-Wb

30583 • Fall 2020
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM

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