Faculty & Staff Profile
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John Gilliom is a Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Ohio University. His teaching on law, surveillance, and politics has earned him the University Professor Award, the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Grasselli Brown Outstanding Teaching Award.
Gilliom's research centers on the political and cultural dynamics surrounding the emergence of the new forms of surveillance with a particular emphasis on gender, class, and the enthnography of struggles. With co-author Torin Monahan, he is currently completing Super Vision: A Citizen's Gide to the Surveillance Society (Chicago 2012), which develops an overview of contemporary practices of surveillance while working to reframe the ways in which people imagine and discuss surveillance. Gilliom's past books include, Overseers of the Poor: Surveillance, Resistance, and the Limits of Privacy (Chicago 2001) which explores how the words and actions of those who live under intensive monitoring challenge our prevailing ways of thinking about surveillance and privacy; and Surveillance, Privacy and the Law: Employee Drug Testing and the Politics of Social Control (Michigan 1994). He has also written numerous articles on law, legal theory, and the politics of surveillance.
Gilliom is Chairman of the Finance and Facilities Committee of the Ohio University Faculty Senate, a member of the University's Budget Planning Council, and the faculty representative to the Board of Trustees Resource Committee. He also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Surveillance and Society and is active in professional associations.
Gilliom received his Ph.D. in 1990 at the University of Washington.
Gilliom's current responsibilities are in the A&S Dean's office as Associate Dean.