Emily E. Scott

Emily Eliza Scott is an interdisciplinary scholar focused on art and design practices that engage pressing ecological and/or geopolitical issues, often with the intent to actively transform real-world conditions. A postdoctoral fellow in the architecture department at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich), she teaches on subjects ranging from the concept of “post-nature” to contemporary architecture “in the expanded field” to the emergent spaces, temporalities, and representational crises triggered by climate change. Her writings have appeared in Art Journal, American Art, Third Text, and Cultural Geographies as well as multiple edited volumes. Her first book, Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics, coedited with Kirsten Swenson, will be released by the University of California Press in spring 2015. In addition to World of Matter, she is a co-founder and core participant in the Los Angeles Urban Rangers (2004-), a group that develops guided hikes, campfire talks, field kits, and other interpretive tools to spark creative explorations of everyday habitats in their home megalopolis and beyond. Her work has been supported by major grants/awards from Creative Capital, the College Art Association, Graham Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, Luce Foundation, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Annenberg Foundation, and Switzer Foundation. Before entering academia, she spent nearly a decade as a U.S. National Park Service ranger.