Liz Hirsch is a writer, art historian, and Ph.D. Candidate at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her dissertation considers alternative institutions and cultural intersections in Los Angeles of the 1970s and 1980s. Other research interests include legacies of conceptual art, contemporary urbanism, manifestations of community, and artist identity in the twilight of the welfare state. She was the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at Dia Art Foundation for 2016-17 and previously held positions at Artists Space and the American Federation of Arts. She has served as a lecturer in the history of art and architecture at Los Angeles City College and SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, Marywood University in Scranton, PA, and Hunter College, Brooklyn College, and the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College in New York. She has authored essays and reviews for ARTnews, Artforum, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, and Frieze.