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Emilia Yang

Assistant Professor of Art and Design
Anti-Racism by Design

Emilia Yang, wearing a white shirt and dark vest embroidered with brightly-colored thread in detailed patterns


Curriculum Vitae
  • PhD., Interdisciplinary Media Arts and Practice, University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts
  • M.A., Communications, Pennsylvania State University School of Humanities

Emilia Yang is an artist, organizer and scholar. Her art practice utilizes expanded forms of digital media (XR, transmedia, web, interactive, films, archives, performance, games and public interventions) for the creation of community-based feminist, anti-racist and transformative justice projects.

Her research explores the role of memory, violence, emotions, performance, and participation in the political imagination. Her more recent project, “AMA y No Olvida, Memory Museum Against Impunity” is a transmedia and community memory museum that explores participatory forms of mediation and design for remembering victims of state violence in her home country Nicaragua.

Yang earned her PhD in Interdisciplinary Media Arts + Practice at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California and her Masters of Arts in Communications at Pennsylvania State University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Design at University of Michigan's Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design with a focus on Anti-Racism by Design. At U-M she is affiliated with the Digital Studies Institute, the Center for Ethics, Society and Computing, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and the Latinx Studies Department. In 2022, she was selected a Public Art and Engagement Fellow organized by U-M Arts Initiative, University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), and Philadelphia-based organization Monument Lab.

Emilia’s theory-practice work has been published in International Journal of Communication (USC Press), Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, The Additivist Cookbook (Institute of Network Cultures), Popular Culture and the Civic Imagination: Case Studies of Creative Social Change (NYU Press) and Practicing Futures: A Civic Imagination Action Handbook (Peter Lang Press).

Her artworks have been shown at international venues such as Resistance Biennale in Guatemala, the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica, the Museum of Jade and Pre-Columbian Culture in Costa Rica, Casa America and La Neomudejar Vanguard Art Center and Museum in Spain, Le Commun Contemporary Art Building in Geneva, Unity for Humanity, IndieCade Independent Games Festival, Games for Change, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) and the Games and the New Media Summit at Tribeca Film Festival. She was recently granted the New Latin American Voices award at the New Images Festival hosted by the Forum des images in Paris.

Articles about her work have been featured in multiple international news outlets, such as France 24, The Art Newspaper, Artnews, KQED, Arts, VICE, Univision, Deutsche Welle, El País, CNN, and EFE.