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  • Shana Agid

    Dean, School of Art, Media and Technology


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    Shana Agid


    Shana Agid is an artist/designer, teacher, and activist whose work focuses on relationships of power and difference in visual, social, and political cultures. She is an Assistant Professor of Arts, Media, and Communication at Parsons School of Design. He is a co-developer of Working with People (, a keyword-based curriculum and website for developing critical pedagogical frameworks for collaborative practices. Shana’s collaborative design practice focuses on exploring possibilities for self-determined services and campaigns through teaching and design research. She is also a book artist and letterpress printer, whose work explores landscapes of power, desire, and the narratives made through them.

    Shana's writing on design, politics, and pedagogy has been published in Design and Culture, Design Philosophy Papers, Lateral: The Journal of the Cultural Studies Association, Design Studies, CoDesign, in the proceedings of the Participatory Design Conference, and in edited collections.  Her work has been shown at venues in the US and internationally, and his artist books are in the collections of the Walker Art Center, New York Public Library, Library of Congress, and the New York City Center for Book Arts, among others.

    Degrees Held

    Shana holds an MFA in Printmaking and Book Arts and MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts (CCA) and a Ph.D. in Design from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

    Recent Publications

    “Making and negotiating value: design and collaboration with community-led groups,” with Elizabeth Chin. CoDesign, published online January 2019 (print publication forthcoming).

    “What do we want?: Designing Cultures of Care in Conditions of Precarity,” in Designing Cultures of Care, edited by Laurene Vaughn, London: Bloomsbury Press, 2018.

    “Making ‘safety,’ making freedom: Problem-setting, collaborative design, and contested futures,” in Tricky Design: The Ethics of Things, edited by Tom Fisher and Lorraine Gamman, London: Bloomsbury Press, 2018.

    “‘Dismantle, Change, Build’: Designing abolition at the intersections of local, large-scale, and imagined infrastructures,” Design Studies (Special Issue: Participatory Design), 59 (2018).

    “Dance of designing: Rethinking position, relation and movement in service design,” co-authored with Yoko Akama, ServDes2018 Conference Proceedings, 2018.

    “Ground Rules.” Hobart: A Literary Journal. April 2018.

    “‘…it's your project, but it's not necessarily your work…’: Infrastructuring, Situatedness, and Designing Relational Practice,” Participatory Design Conference Proceedings, ACM International, 2016.

    “Finding ‘Community’ and other critical words,” with Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani. Urban Pamphleteer, Global Education for Urban Futures, 2015.

    “Making Anyway: Education, Designing, Abolition.” Lateral: A Journal of the Cultural Studies Association, Theory Thread, 3 (Spring 2014).

    “World-Making: Theory/Practice Practices in Design.” Design and Culture, 4(1) (March 2012).

    “‘How can we design something to transition people from a system that doesn’t want to let them go?’: Social Design and its Political Contexts.” Design Philosophy Papers, “Beyond ‘Progressive Design” 3 (December 2011).

    It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This. New York: Booklyn Artists Alliance, 2010. Letterpress printed cover, offset interior. Numbered edition of 750 copies.

    Shana Agid, Michael Bennett and Kate Drabinski. “Teaching Against the Prison Industrial Complex.” Radical Teacher, 88 (July 2010): 3-6.

    Shana Agid and Erica Rand. “Teaching Beyond ‘Tolerance’.” Radical Teacher, 80 (January 2008): 2-5.

    Research Interests

    participatory design, service design, cultural studies, critical prison studies, printmaking + book arts, visual culture studies

    Awards And Honors

    2016-17 Distinguished University Teaching Award, Excellence in Social Justice Teaching, The New School


    Working With People

    Future Courses

    Collab: Human Services
    PSDS 2141, Fall 2022

    Independent Study
    PUFA 3900, Spring 2023

    Independent Study
    PLAH 3900, Spring 2023

    Making + Meaning: History
    PLHT 3015, Spring 2023

    Past Courses

    Independent Study
    PUFA 3900, Spring 2022

    Independent Study
    PLAH 3900, Spring 2022

    Making + Meaning: History
    PLHT 3015, Spring 2022

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