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Nina Horstmann

Academic Year: 
2016-17
Direction: 
From Yale
Exchange Partners: 
Copenhagen Business School
Research Interest: 
use of biometric technologies — such as fingerprint imaging, iris scanning, and DNA testing — in identifying, tracking, and verifying migrants in Denmark and the EU

Nina Horstmann is a 2016-2017 Fox Fellow to the University of Copenhagen. Under the Fox Fellowship, Nina is investigating the use of biometric technologies — such as fingerprint imaging, iris scanning, and DNA testing — in identifying, tracking, and verifying migrants in Denmark and the EU. The usage of these biometric technologies in asylum cases and border control raises important questions about identity, security, and mobility in contemporary society. Nina’s research interests revolve broadly around the intersection of technology and bureaucracy, particularly in relation to the administration of space and borders. She has accepted a place in the PhD program in Anthropology at Stanford University, with deferred matriculation to 2017 in order to complete the Fox Fellowship. Nina also holds a Master’s of Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Bachelor’s in International Development Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to her graduate studies, Nina spent several years working on climate impact assessment and climate adaptation projects in Indonesia, Korea, and Costa Rica.