Matthew Nesvet is an anthropologist, journalist, and filmmaker. He is also a doctoral candidate and lecturer in Anthropology and African and African-American Studies at the University of California, Davis. Matthew writes about security empires and extractive industries in both Africa and North America. Most recently, Matthew conducted several years of doctoral research among South Africa's 'zama zama' outlaw gold miners, whom he is currently shooting a documentary film with. His dissertation explores the politics and political economy of underground mining, labor, migration, and violence in South Africa's closed gold-mining zones. Matthew has also written about America's police reform industrial complex in New Orleans, a 'union' of housing unstable, drug using urban activists in San Francisco, and gold panners in the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada mountain range. Matthew organized two recent exhibitions, one a gallery show that featured a democratically designed, speculative visualization of an alternative future for San Francisco, the other a museum exhibition that traced the persistence of apartheid in post-apartheid Johannesburg. Matthew is a research associate at the University of the Witwatersrand's Anthropology Department and Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry. Matthew is also a member of the Critical Militarization, Policing, and Security Studies Research Group; Mellon-supported Comparative Border Studies Initiative; African and African-American Studies Department; and Anthropology Department, all at the University of California, Davis.