Emily Eliza Scott’s research focuses on art and design practices that engage pressing (political) ecological issues, often with the intent to actively transform real-world conditions. More broadly, she is interested in art and the public sphere, critical approaches to the built environment, visual cultures of nature, social and environmental justice, and the capacity of art to produce non-instrumental forms of sensing and knowing. Prior to joining the UO in 2018, she was a Visiting Professor at the VU University Amsterdam and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Inst. for the History and Theory of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Inst. of Technology (ETH Zurich) after earning her PhD in contemporary (post-1945) art history, with minors in cultural geography and American art, from UCLA. Her writings have appeared in Art Journal, Art Journal Open, American Art, Third Text, The Avery Review, Field, and Cultural Geographies as well as multiple edited volumes and online journals; her first book, Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics, coedited with Kirsten Swenson, was published by the Univ. of California Press in 2015. At present, she is developing a monograph on contemporary art and geological imaginaries and a coedited volume on contemporary art, visual culture, and climate change. She is also a core participant in two long-term, collaborative, art-research projects: World of Matter (2011-), an international platform on global resource ecologies, and 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 scholarly and artistic work—which she sees as together contributing to the emergent, interdisciplinary field of the environmental arts and humanities—have been supported over the years by grants/awards from Creative Capital, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, College Art Association, Graham Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, Luce Foundation, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Annenberg Foundation, and Switzer Foundation. Before entering academia, Scott spent nearly a decade as a National Park Service ranger in Utah and Alaska.
Viscosity: Mobilizing Materialities, co-edited with Ozayr Saloojee and Karen Lutsky (Univ. of Minneapolis Dept. of Architecture, 2019).
“Leaky Design for a Broken Present," in Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, ed. Paola Antonelli (Milano Design Triennial, 2019), 50-56.