Leila Christine Nadir is an award-winning artist and writer. Her creative-critical research practice is post-disciplinary, traversing diverse media, including digital art, public performance, scholarship, and personal essays, and focuses on ruderal ecologies, public health, cultural memory, and the possibility of repair and rehabilitation after disaster and ruins. Leila teaches literature and art as an associate professor at the University of Rochester, where she is also the founding director of the Environmental Humanities Program. She holds Bachelors in Women’s Studies and International Relationships from Syracuse University and an MA and PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. For over twenty years, she has collaborated with the artist and musician Cary Adams on public environmental and new-media installations and performance. Documentation of their collaborative works can be found at ecoarttech.net.
A New York Foundation for the Arts fellow and Andrew C. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral fellow, Leila earned her PhD in English & Comparative Literature from Columbia University. Her scholarly and personal essays have appeared in North American Review, Asian American Literary Review, Aster(ix), Leonardo, Rhizome.org, McSweeneys.com, Cather Studies, Utopian Studies, Hyperallergic, and American Scientist. Her scholarship has received the Eugenio Battisti Award and the Arthur O. Lewis Award from the Society of Utopian Studies, and her creative projects have been supported by the Natinal Endowment for the Arts, Whitney Museum of Art, New Museum, Neuberger Museum of Art, M.I.T. Media Lab, UCLA Sci|Art Center, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Banff New Media Institute, and New York State Council on the Arts.