University of Wisconsin–Madison

Nick Lally

Graduate student (Ph.D.)


MFA, Digital Arts and New Media, University of California, Santa Cruz
BS, Art and Sociology, University of Oregon

Research Areas

Software studies, social movements, visual studies, social and spatial theory, critical GIS

Current Research

I am a geographer, artist, and computer programmer with research interests in software studies, social movements, visual epistemology, spatial theory, feminist thought, and contemporary philosophy. My academic work describes the role of software in constructing the world through its material entanglement with social, political, and economic systems, while my artwork manipulates these entanglements to produce new forms and experiences. My current projects focus on algorithmic surveillance practices, technologies of policing, and speculative cartography/GIS.


Robert F. & Jean E. Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies

Recent Publications

Lally, N. 2017. Crowdsourced surveillance and networked data. Security Dialogue. 48 (1):63–77.

Thatcher, J., L. Bergmann, B. Ricker, R. Rose-Redwood, D. O'Sullivan, T. J. Barnes, L. R. Barnesmoore, L. Beltz Imaoka, R. Burns, J. Cinnamon, C. M. Dalton, C. Davis, S. Dunn, F. Harvey, J.-K. Jung, E. Kersten, L. Knigge, N. Lally, W. Lin, D. Mahmoudi, M. Martin, W. Payne, A. Sheikh, T. Shelton, E. Sheppard, C. W. Strother, A. Tarr, M. W. Wilson, and J. C. Young. 2016. Revisiting critical GIS. Environment and Planning A. 48 (5):815-824.

Lally, N. 2017. Cloud Vision. Places Journal.

Contact Information


Mailing Address:

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Geography
550 N. Park Street Box #55
Madison, WI 53706