Michael Richardson is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of the Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He achieved his BA Hons at the University of New South Wales, MSc at the London School of Economics, and PhD (Western Sydney University). His focus lies primarily in cultural and media studies, with a focus on political violence and emerging technology. His expertise extends across a range of topics at the nexus of media, technology, and culture, including drone warfare, surveillance, algorithms, cultural trauma, affect and emotion, political violence and torture. Richardson’s transdisciplinary research investigates the intersection of affect, research investigates the intersection of affect, power and violence in culture, media and politics with an emphasis on witnessing and testimony. Richardson is currently working on a major project funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2019-2021) on drone witnessing in war and culture. In addition to various book chapters and articles, he is the author of Gestures of Testimony: Torture, Trauma and Affect in Literature (Bloomsbury 2016) and co-editor of Traumatic Affect (2013).