Last updated: Jan 2022

Born in Chengdu, China
Lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Selected Work Experience
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

UX Designer, Green River

2018 - 2020
Civic Designer & Project Manager, Engagement Lab

Adjunct Faculty, Emerson College

2015 - 2017
Designer & Partner, Datawheel

2014 - 2017
Gallery Lead, EMW Community Space

Interactive Developer & Information Architect, Publicis.Sapient

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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)

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
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

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

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

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
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).

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.

Priscilla King Gray Fellow (Winter), MIT.

President’s Citation, Emerson College.

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

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

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

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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