Jarah Moesch (MFA, PhD) is an artist-scholar whose work explores issues of justice through the design, production, and acquisition of embodied knowledges. Jarah’s research incorporates queer theory, critical race theory, cultural studies, art, and design practices to develop new models for justice and to imagine new worlds.
Jarah’s queer justice design practice takes design as a form of awareness, a way of sensitizing ourselves to other ways of living in the world. Specifically, Jarah is concerned with the ways particular values are embedded within the design of systems and ‘industrial complexes,’ from health care and bioethics, to ecologies on Earth and in outer space. Jarah uses these concerns to design new worlds.
Jarah’s artwork ranges from traditional forms of art to contemporary new media practices, and tactical social interventions. This multi-modal work explores the tangled relationship between technologies, systems, and embodied knowledges through the performance of everyday life.
Jarah’s artwork has been shown across the United States as well as internationally in festivals and exhibitions. Jarah is a postdoctoral fellow and associate director of Design Cultures & Creativity, a Living-Learning program in the Honors College at University of Maryland. Jarah holds an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College, and a PhD in American Studies from University of Maryland.
Prior to academia, Jarah worked in digital media strategy, development, and design; building strategic plans for social media communications, designing training programs for staff to learn digital workflows, creating best practices for internal and external digital communications, and developing numerous websites from conception through launch; responsible for information architecture, user case scenarios, wireframes, user interface designs, visual design, and content production.
Jarah also has worked in broadcast television, film, audio, and video production/post-production. Events included Centennial Olympic Games, NBA, NFL, NHL, MLS, concerts, teleconferences, other live televised events.
Jarah additionally has a background in animal care and in-situ field research, including work as a veterinary technician and zookeeper, as well as camping in remote regions to perform primate, whale, and turtle research; tracking and documenting encounters alongside audio and video recording for research and educational films.