Leah Pires is a workshop co-facilitator, 2017-18 Public Humanities Fellow, and PhD Candidate in Art History at Columbia University. She teaches a course entitled "Museums Outside/In" at Rikers Island.
She is a writer, curator, and educator currently completing a Ph.D. in the Department of Art History at Columbia University. Her research centers on questions of power, institutions, and critique as they have been engaged by artists since the 1960s, and her dissertation focuses on New York artist Louise Lawler and her collaborators. As a 2017-18 Public Humanities Fellow at the Heyman Center, Leah is continuing her work with the Center for Justice's Justice-in-Education Initiative by developing a workshop that shares exhibitions from New York museums with young women at the Rose M. Singer Center on Rikers Island.