Team

The [Drone Research Network] is operated by a group of scholars from the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College, Image Know­ledge Gestal­tung. An Inter­di­sci­pli­nary Labo­ratory at Humboldt University Berlin, the Department of Media at Bauhaus University, Weimar and the Department of Politics and International Relations at University of Oxford.


Ulrike Esther Franke is a doctoral candidate in International Relations at the University of Oxford. In her work she focuses on the revolutionary potential of military UAVs. Ulrike was part of UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism Ben Emmerson’s research team, working on drone use in counterterrorism contexts. She has written about military drones in US War College Quarterly Parameters, RUSI Whitehall Report, Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, War on the Rocks, CNAS, Zeitschrift fuer Aussen- und Sicherheitspolitik and contributed chapters to several edited volumes on drones and Revolutions in Miltiary Affairs. She has been interviewed by the BBC and Deutsche Welle. Ulrike Franke holds a BA from Sciences Po Paris and a summa cum laude double MA degree from Sciences Po Paris and the University of St. Gallen.

Nina Franz is a research assistant at the Faculty of Media at Bauhaus University, Weimar, and doctoral candidate at the Institute for Cultural History and Theory at Humboldt University. Her research focuses on unmanned warfare, „situational awareness“ and synthetic vision in engineering history, with a wider interest in image theory and the cultural history of warfare. She has written about drones for taz. die tageszeitung and Texte zur Kunst, among others.

Arthur Holland Michel is a founder and the co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone. Arthur has written about unmanned systems, robotics, and defense for Wired, Al Jazeera America, U.S. News, Policy Innovations, Fast Company, Vice, Motherboard, The Verge, Bookforum, and Mashable, among others. He has been quoted or cited in The New York Times, Bloomberg, Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Mashable, Vice, and Ars Technica, among others. He is a co-author of The Drone Primer: A Compendium of Key Issues. He holds a B.A. in Historical Studies from Bard College.

Dan Gettinger is a founder and the co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone. Dan has written extensively on the U.S. military, technology and society, and national security policy. He has been quoted or cited in the BBC, NBC News, Wired, CBS News, The Intercept, Motherboard, The Verge, Forbes, TakePart, WAMC, among others. He is a co-author of The Drone Primer: A Compendium of Key Issues. Dan holds a B.A. in Political Studies with a concentration in Latin American and Iberian Studies from Bard College.

Moritz Queisner has an aca­de­mic back­ground in Media Stu­dies and Sci­ence and Tech­no­logy Stu­dies with a focus on media theory, image theory and poli­ti­cal theory. His research focuses on the remote architecture of warfare, image-guided warfare as well as on remote sensing in military operations. He is a rese­arch asso­ci­ate at the Clus­ter of Excel­lence Image Know­ledge Gestal­tung. An Inter­di­sci­pli­nary Labo­ratory of Hum­boldt Uni­ver­sity, Ber­lin. More information at www.moritzqueisner.de.