"Wanted Dead: On the Refusal to Publicly Display Images of Bin Laden's Corpse"
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Department of Communication Studies
Louisiana State University
Rachel Hall is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Louisiana State University. She earned her PhD in Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hall’s research explores the cultural politics of fear and security. Her first book, Wanted: The Outlaw in American Visual Culture (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009), provides a history and feminist critique of the practice of posting wanted outlaws. The book includes chapters on execution broadsides, slave notices, private detective posters, FBI posters, the television program America’s Most Wanted, and the poster’s use in the “war on terror.” Hall is currently finishing a second book, The Transparent Traveler: The Performance and Culture of Airport Security, and has begun work on a cultural history of child safety in the United States. Her work has been published in Performance Research, Women’s Studies Quarterly, The Communication Review, Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture and Media Studies, and Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy.