Laureen Andalib (Arabic: عَنْدَلِيب; b. 1995, San Francisco) is an award-winning artist-scholar, writer, and activist. She is passionate about equipping communities with the right tools for restoration, autonomy, and resilience through design (built environment, humanitarian toolkits, design thinking), social innovation strategies, triple-bottom-line planning, and sustainability.
Within her community, she supports local makers, natural causes, and cultural identity/craftsmanship. Her particular interests are in socio-spatial equity, healing, trans-generational trauma, contemporary identity, and global narratives.
Her art practice platforms empathy, identity, and cognition in effort to educate audiences in a shared, common space and lens. Her past exhibitions addressed post-colonialism, domestic/gender studies, border politics, and human conditions through immersive installations, sculpture, media, and film.
She graduated from Cornell University in 2017 with a BFA in Fine Arts where she concentrated in Film, Art & Architectural History, and Urban Studies.
An advocate of scholarship and research, her academic work explores the psychology of spaces, historic and critical contexts, socio-political constructs, and issues in forced migration, polarization and inheritance, post-war societies, and neo-colonialism. Through an international lens, her comparative studies between East and West includes projects in Rome, Sarajevo and Mostar, Belgrade, Dhaka and Rangpur City: cities that inspire her work, and have furthered her documentation of her own family's diaries (and reversals of power) between conflict resolution states, immigrant identity, and hybrid diaspora.
Andalib is a U.S. Rhodes Scholar finalist (2017), and winner of the U.S. Humanities Prize (Stanford University, 2016).
Since 2019, she lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.