Drew Heiderscheidt is a PhD student in the Department of Geography at IU Bloomington. Previously, Drew attended the University of Northern Colorado, receiving a B.A. in History and Environmental and Sustainability Studies, and a graduate certificate (GISci) in Geographic Information Science. He is interested in how the state, corporations, and others use geographic information systems (GIS) to surveil, control, and subjugate people. His previous research focused on how contact tracing apps for COVID-19 are a form of GIS-based surveillance that is legitimized by public health concerns. Drew is in the early stages of researching his dissertation project. His dissertation will investigate the intersections between crime mapping's utilization by police departments and border enforcement agencies historically, compared with prison industrial complex abolitionist countermapping. Outside of his research, Drew enjoys live music (especially jam bands), biking, reading fiction, and spending time with his partner, their dog, and 2 cats.
PhD Student, Geography