Ali Rachel Pearl is a PhD candidate in the Department of English (with a certificate in the Media Arts + Practice program) at the University of Southern California. She is a writer, scholar, and teacher whose work lives at the intersections of race, gender, and digital culture. Her scholarship, prose, book reviews, photos, digital experiments, and other works appear in Hyperrhiz, Hobart, Redivider, DIAGRAM, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Most of the year, she lives and teaches in Los Angeles.
Ali writes about archives, surveillance, ephemerality, street art, performance art, and electronic literature. She is concerned with the ways in which traditional memory institutions perpetuate racism, sexism, and exclusion, and explores alternative archives and methodological approaches to documenting art, particularly ephemeral art that resists the archival impulse. She is also working on a project about how ideologies structure digital technology and how communities, bodies/identities, protests, and physical spaces are replicated online.
Ali’s other work is interested in themes of queerness, love, capitalism, family, re-writing history, and the deserts of the American Southwest. She can’t seem to figure out a way to differentiate between her academic bio and her creative writing/artist bio but she doesn’t believe in those kinds of distinctions anyway.