Last updated: Jan 2022


Born in Chengdu, China
Lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Selected Work Experience
Present
Artist-in-Residence, Participatory Action Research, Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture, City of Boston
Social Practice Artist & Interactive Designer, studio mqqt
Research Assistant, Data + Feminism Lab, MIT

2020 - 2021
Art Director, Feminist Future(s) Hackathon, MIT Media Lab
Research Assistant, Civic Data Design Lab, MIT

2020
UX Designer, Green River

2018 - 2020
Civic Designer & Project Manager, Engagement Lab

2019
Adjunct Faculty, Emerson College

2015 - 2017
Designer & Partner, Datawheel

2014 - 2017
Gallery Lead, EMW Community Space

2014-2015
Interactive Developer & Information Architect, Publicis.Sapient



Selected Group Exhibitions
2022
Intergenerational Storytelling, part of New Narratives, Pao Arts Center
Boston New Works Festival, hosted by Moonbox Productions, Boston Center For the Arts

2021
CORES, Digital Soup x 3rdWavvE, Black Math, Boston, MA.
Unbounded: Transmedia Storytelling @ MIT 2019-2021, MIT Jerome B. Wiesner Student Art Gallery, Cambridge, MA.

2020
New Narratives: Reclaiming Asian Identity Through Story, Unbound Visual Arts, Virtual Exhibition Gallery. if we want it, Art on the Marquee, Boston CyberArts Gallery, Boston, MA (collaboration with Sopheak Sam).
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA (collaboration with Abe Tena). Postponed.

2019
You must not stand in one place, Distillery Gallery, Boston, MA * (collaboration with Sopheak Sam)

2018
s(t)imulacrum, Emerging Media Lab, Emerson College
Mosaic of Silence, Huret & Spector Gallery, Emerson College

2017
Culturalizing Science: Bio Art, EMW Gallery, Cambridge, MA * (collaboration with Hongye Wu)

2016
thick’ums, EMW Gallery, Cambridge, MA * (collaboration with Hongye Wu)
Nowhere to Call Home, EMW Gallery, Cambridge, MA * (collaboration with Hongye Wu)
The People First!, EMW Gallery, Cambridge, MA * (collaboration with Hongye Wu)

2015
Lives Not Numbers, EMW Gallery, Cambridge, MA * (collaboration with Hongye Wu)

* indicates curatorial project



Selected Publications
Essay for Sopheak Sam: Waiting for Enlightenment, Distillery Gallery, 2022.

Teng, Melissa Q., and Eric Gordon. “Therapeutic virtual reality in prison: Participatory design with incarcerated women.” New Media & Society 23, no. 8 (2021): 2210-2229.

Teng, Melissa Q., James Hodge, and Eric Gordon. "Participatory Design of a Virtual Reality-Based Reentry Training with a Women's Prison.” In Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 1-8. 2019.



Selected Invited Talks & Presentations
2022
Presenter, Queer-Feminist-Antiracism + Design for the Future, Space Enabled research group, MIT Media Lab
Talkback, Found In Translation: A Deal 杂音 by Zhu Yi, Co-directed by Michelle Aguillon and Tianding He, Pao Arts Center

2021
Panelist, Radical Love Across Difference, Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, & Sexuality

2020
Speaker, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University

2019
Speaker, Dynamic Media Institute, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Speaker, Center for Advanced Virtuality, MIT
Panelist, ACM SIGCHI, CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Panelist, Boston Area Research Initiative, The Smart, Connected Commonwealth: Data-Driven Research and Policy Across the Region Conference
Panelist, Emerging Media Graduate Conference, Boston University
Session Host, Games for Change, XR For Change Summit



Selected Honors & Awards
2022
Mel King Thesis Fellowship from the Kresge Foundation, Dept of Urban Studies + Planning, MIT.
Design Grant, Sasaki Foundation.
Collective Imagination for Spatial Justice, New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).

2021
Collective Futures Fund, Tufts University Art Galleries & The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Collaborative Production Grant, MIT Transmedia Storytelling Initiative.
Priscilla King Gray Fellow (Summer, Winter), MIT.
Nominee in Activism, Web and Mobile Sites, The Webby Awards.

2020
Priscilla King Gray Fellow (Winter), MIT.

2019
President’s Citation, Emerson College.

2018
Summer Institute Fellow, Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University.

2017
Winner in Government & Civil Innovation; Nominee in Technical Achievement, The Webby Awards.

2016
Gold in Commercial Projects, Information is Beautiful, Kantar.
Finalist in Graphic Design & Data Visualization, Innovation By Design, FastCoDesign.


Education
Master of City Planning, expected 2023
School of Architecture + Planning, MIT
Cambridge, MA

Master of Art in Civic Media: Art and Practice, 2018
School of Communication, Emerson College
Boston, MA

Bachelor of Art in Economics, 2014
School of Social Sciences, Rice University
Houston, TX

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