Laura Cassidy Rogers


Areas of Interest
Arts Research, Ecology, and Social Practice


Laura is currently working towards completion of the PhD Program in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University and living in Redwood City. Her dissertation explores the notion of arts research in the fields of ecology and social practice from the 1970s to the present, drawing primarily from the archive of two collaborating artists and UC professors named Helen and Newton Harrison. Stanford University Libraries acquired the Harrisons’ manuscript collection in 2010. She is a graduate research fellow at Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), which provides support and technological resources for digital humanities scholarship, and she is a core member of Stanford’s Environmental Humanities Project (EHP). In 2009 she earned an MA in Exhibition and Museum Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute where she worked and dialogued directly with artists and curators, exploring how art and other forms of research can be installed creatively and affectively in museums, while also engaging strategically and critically in the broader fields of environmental and social work. Her first museum internship was with the education department of the Seattle Art Museum in 2005 and following she was fortunate to work and develop mentoring relationships with senior staff at the Museum of Northern Arizona and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Recent Publications

  • Text Contributions to “All the World’s Futures,” 56th Venice Biennale Catalogue and Guide Book, edited by Okwui Enwezor. Venice: La Biennale di Venezia, 2015.
  • “The Places We Call Home – Haptic Perception, Passing Through, and Becoming Local in the (Great) American West,” RICOCHET #9, Cyrill Lachauer, Full Service, edited by Michael Buhrs and Anna Schneider. Munich: Museum Villa Stuck, 2015.