Rita Elizabeth Risser (PhD McGill University) is an assistant professor in the department of philosophy at United Arab Emirates University in Abu Dhabi. She studied fine arts at NSCAD University in Canada before completing her PhD in philosophical aesthetics at McGill, supported with a Canada Council (SSHRC) doctoral fellowship.
Her research centers on political and ethical issues as they arise in the arts and its institutions broadly understood. In 2015 she was a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh (UK). In 2017 she received a scholars’ fellowship with the 7th Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond (USA). At UAEU she is the coordinator for the Civil Society Program within the College of Humanities, as well as coordinates a Curatorial and Museum Studies Internship with the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Recent writing can be found in Constellations: An International Journal on Critical and Democratic Theory, Museum Anthropology, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, and Journal of Philosophy of Education.