Dr. Benjamin Muller

Dr. Benjamin Muller

Dr. Benjamin Muller

Associate Professor

Office: W231
Phone: 4523
Email: bmuller@uwo.ca
Website: http://www.biometricstate.com

Dr. Muller has published widely in books and academic journals on issues of borders, sovereignty, security, surveillance and biometrics, including two monographs: Security, Risk, and the Biometric State: Governing Borders and Bodies (Routledge 2010); and, with Samer Abboud, Rethinking Hizballah: Legitimacy, Authority, Violence (Ashgate 2012). Consulted as an expert witness on a number of Canadian Parliamentary committees and served as a research collaborator and guest speaker to NATO/European Science Foundation initiatives, INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization, Dr. Muller has also held visiting research fellowships at the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University, the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry at the University of Arizona and the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria. Dr. Muller has given numerous guest lectures at Universities and Colleges, as well as participated in community stakeholder initiatives on borders, security, technology, and ethics, in Canada, the US, and Europe. Dr. Muller served as the President of the International Studies Association (Canada Region 2015-2016), was a Member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Borderlands Studies (2012-2015), and currently serves as the President of the King’s University College Faculty Association, and is Chair of the Professional Development committee of the ISA-Canada.

Dr. Muller (together with Dr. Can Mutlu, Acadia University) holds a SSHRC grant on “Designing Border Security” ($65K, 2018-2020). Related to this project, Dr. Muller and Mutlu are editing, Architectures of Security: Design, Control, Space (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019). Dr. Muller is also collaborator on a SSHRC Network Grant “Borders in Globalization,” and under the direction of Dr. Samer Abboud, Villanova University, is working on a project related to International Intervention and local insecurity, funded by the Arab Council on Social Sciences. Dr. Muller’s publications can also be found here: http://www.biometricstate.com/publications-2/


  • B.A. -  University of Victoria
  • M.A. - University of Victoria
  • PhD -  Queen’s University Belfast


  • POL 1020E Introduction to Political Science
  • POL 2215F/G Special Topics in Political Science
  • POL 2231E International Relations
  • POL 3345E International Law and Organization
  • POL 3361F/G American Borders & Borderlands (experiential learning course, Tucson, AZ)
  • POL/SOC 3387F/G Surveillance, Security and Society
  • POL 4422 F/G Problems of Political Analysis
  • POL4430E Critical Security Studies
  • POL 4432F/G Politics, Technology, Culture
  • POL 4450E US Foreign Policy
  • SJPS 3211 F/G Global Networks for Justice: Migration, Borders, Violence, Peace (experiential learning course, Rondine Centre for Peace, Arezzo, Italy)
  • RS 2351G Inculturation and Spirituality (experiential learning course, Fond du Lac, Saskatchewan)


Borders and Borderlands; Critical Security Studies; International Political Sociology; Surveillance Studies

Selected Publications

A full listing of publications can be found at http://www.biometricstate.com


2012 (with Samer Abboud) Rethinking HIzballah: Legitimacy, Authority, Violence (Ashgate)

2010 Security, Risk and the Biometric State: Governing Borders and Bodies (Routledge)

Peer Reviewed Articles & Chapters

2012 "Borderworld: Biometrics, AVATAR and Global Criminalization," in Pakes, F., ed., Globalization and the Challenge to Criminology (Routledge)

2012 "Testifying while critical: Notes on being an effective gadfly," in Salter, M. B., and Mutlu, C. E., eds., Research Methods in Critical Security Studies: An Introduction (Routledge)

2011 (with John Measor) "Theatres of War: Visual Technologies and Identity in the Iraq Wars," Geopolitics, 16(2): 389-409.

2011 "Mobility, Limits, and the Persistence of Securitization: A Critical Commentary," Geopolitics, 16(1): 91-106.

2010 "Unsafe at any speed? Borders, mobility, and 'safe citizenship'," Citizenship Studies, 14(1): 75-88.

2009 "Borders, Risks, Exclusions," Studies in Social Justice, 3(1): 67-78.

2009 "(Dis)Qualified Bodies: Securitization, Citizenship, and 'Identity Management" in Nyers, P., ed., Securitizations of Citizenship (Routledge)

2008 "Travelers, Borders, Dangers: Locating the Political at the Biometric Border," in Salter, M. B., ed., Politics at the Airport (University of Minnesota Press)

2008 "Securing the Political Imagination: Popular Culture, the Security Dispositif, and the Biometric State," Security Dialogue, 39(2): 199-220.