An excerpt from a new book by CAMD Professor Ryan Ellis, Communication Studies, is featured on The MIT Press Reader. His book –Letters, Power Lines, and Other Dangerous Things: The Politics of Infrastructure Security – examines how post-9/11 security concerns have transformed the public view and governance of infrastructure. It has taken on a new relevance in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The chosen excerpt speaks to the current moment and offers a cautionary tale. It uncovers how the security provisions adopted after the 2001 anthrax attacks traded away the health and safety of postal workers in favor of cheap and fast mail. Read the full excerpt here.