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Nida Abdullah

Assistant Professor; Lecturer


Nida Abdullah is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Undergraduate Communications Design at Pratt Institute. Prior to her appointment at Pratt, she was an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University and Lecturer of Graphic Design at Georgia State University.

Her scholarship focuses on deconstructing the hierarchical and hegemonic modes of production and reproduction in graphic design pedagogy and practice.

Nida was a 2019-2020 Pratt Center for Teaching and Learning fellow. Through this fellowship, she is facilitating The Teachers Project, where participants deconstruct, interrogate and imagine emancipatory design pedagogy and its practice. This work was released as an independent publication, Criticisms on Design Pedagogy: On the Re-distribution of Power!, at the Printed Matter Art Book Fair in 2021.

She is co-founder of the Post-Radical Pedagogy group with Professors Chris Lee and Xinyi Li which hosts the Post-Radical Design Pedagogy Lecture series.

She also collaborates with Professor Denise Gonzales Crisp on decentralizing the homogenizing practices of problem-solving methodologies in design pedagogy. She has lectured and presented on pluralistic driven approaches to designing at: AIGA MAKE conference; an essay in the design journal Dialectic 3 (Michigan Publishing); a panel, Situational Methods in Design, convened at the 2018 College Art Association annual conference; a paper presented at Senses+Sensibilities (Portugal); a conversation and workshop at Design Research Society (DRS) 2018 conference (Ireland); the DRSxLEARN 2019 conference (Turkey), and lectures at other universities.

Nida has also worked with multi-disciplinary arts and educational institutions such as the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), SoMArts, ShenWei Dance Arts, the Duke Performing Arts Center, the American Dance Festival, NC State University and the University of North Carolina. She was also a collaborator at Project M at Winterhouse.

Bachelor of Graphic Design (BGD), NC State University
Masters of Graphic Design (MGD), NC State University