LEAH E. HORGAN / Long Beach CA 


I am researching, organizing, and art-ing around smart cities / housing / surveillance / being data-driven / design / related affects and histories


1. Bio
2. CV
3. Select Talks / Writings
4. Portfolio (coming soon)
5. Upcoming Stuff (coming soon)


horganl [ at ] uci [ dot ] edu

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(education, awards, experience, teaching, etc.)


Leah E. Horgan
PhD Candidate  |  Dept. of Informatics, University of California Irvine

Research Interests

data-driven urbanism + smart cities; data visualization; surveillance; design; affect; critical geography


2015—JUNE 2021 Expected              
Informatics PhD Program, University of California, Irvine; Dissertation: “Being Data Driven: Administering, Living, and Resisting in a Smart City.”

Media Design Practices (MDP) MFA Program, Art Center College of Design, (Pasadena, CA and Kampala, Uganda) 2013—2015

WGS.615 Feminist Inquiry, Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality (GCWS) at MIT

Bachelor of Fine Art – Graphic Design, New England School of Art and Design, Suffolk University 2007

Professional Experience

Design Fellow, Los Angeles City Mayoral Data Team

Design Fellow, Ashoka (Washington D.C. Office)

Communications Associate, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, MIT

Teaching and Mentorship

Fall 2019
Guest Lecturer: Michigan State University; University of California, Irvine

WICS (Women in Information and Computer Sciences) Mentor

Teacher’s Assistant: Master’s in Human Computer Interaction and Design, Design and Prototyping 282, University of California, Irvine

Fall 2015
Guest Lecturer: Art Center College of Design


Designmatters Fellowship, Art Center College of Design

Bob & Barbara Kleist Endowed Graduate Fellowship in ICS

Center for Technology, Society & Policy (CTSP) Fellow
ARCS Foundation Scholar

Rob Kling Endowed Memorial Fellowship in ICS


Paper Presentations and Publications

Horgan, Leah. 2019. “From Evidence-based Policymaking to Data-Driven Governance.” 2019 AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC. Full paper forthcoming.

Horgan, Leah and Cindy Lin. 2019. “Look, But Don’t Touch: Bureaucratic Vision and Administering the Margins.” Data Power Conference, University of Bremen, Bremen Germany.  Full paper forthcoming.

Horgan, Leah. 2019. “The Everyday of Future-Avoiding: Data-drivenness in the Smart City.” 2019 American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Washington D.C.Full paper forthcoming.

Horgan, Leah. 2019. “Experimentality in Data-Driven Governance.” 2018 Data Justice Conference, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales.

Horgan, Leah and Paul Dourish. 2018. Ambiguity, Ambivalence, and Activism: Data Organizing Inside the Institution. Krisis, Issue 1.

Horgan, Leah and Paul Dourish. 2017. “The Organizational Infrastructures of Urban Data.” 5th Innovation in Information Infrastructures (III) Workshop, LUISS Rome, Italy.

Okune, Angela and Leah Horgan. 2017 “Already Global Local”: Complicating Notions of Technological Innovation and Expertise in Africa. Strategic Narratives of Technology and Africa Conference, M-ITI, Portugal.

Horgan, Leah and Paul Dourish. 2017. “Making the Future of the City: The Future Perfect Smart City” Panel: Making Pasts, Making Futures: Material Practices of Temporal Work. 4S Meeting, Boston, MA.

Ford, Colin, Daniel Gardner, Leah Elaine Horgan, Calvin  Liu, A. M. Tsaasan, Bonnie A. Nardi, Jordan  Rickman. 2017. “Chat Speed OP PogChamp: Practices of Coherence in Massive Twitch Chat.” In Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 858-871. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3027063.3052765