(Miniature updates and announcements from January 2016 onward)



Delivering a faculty presentation at Columbia GSAPP’s 2019 Reunion festivities (and celebrating one of my alumni reunion classes) on 1 Jun.

Teaching Mapping for the Urban Humanities: A Summer Institute, 28 May - 6 Jun at Columbia’s Center for Spatial Research.

Delivering a short paper, “Injustice by (Digital Map) Design,” at Fordham University’s Mapping (In)Justice symposium on 7-8 Nov in New York City. At the same symposium, G Baics will present our co-authored paper “Exploring Population Density in the 19th-Century American City.”


MAY 2019

Honored to receive a 2019 Presidential Teaching Award from Columbia University at Commencement on 22 May.

Presenting and discussing during a panel discussion on “Rethinking the [NYC] Grid” at the CUNY Graduate Center, with Gergely Baics and others on 6 May.

APRIL 2019

Another installment in the Gotham Center’s expanded series on the myths surrounding the NYC grid, with G Baics: “Myth #10: Example of Laissez-Faire Planning.”

Presenting during the panel session “Pushing the Boundaries of Regional Infrastructure: The Washington DC Region in Focus” on 6 Apr at AAG in Washington, DC.

Very excited to be the discussant for the panel session “Urban Historical GIS” on 6 Apr at AAG in Washington, DC.

Delivering a position paper “Revisiting Analytical Cartography as Critical GIS” at Doing Critical GIS (a Univ of Maryland Baltimore pre-AAG workshop) on 1 Apr in Baltimore.

MARCH 2019

Delivering “Cartographies of Distance and Difference” (public talk) at Columbia Global Center | Beijing on 17 Mar. (A blog post after-the-fact with a couple photos here.)


Short piece on the Gotham Center for New York City History’s blog, in their series debunking myths about the NYC street grid: “Myth 9: System of Block and Lot Divisions” with G Baics.


Delivering the keynote address at Hofstra University's celebration of Geography Week on 15 Nov. The talk: "Digital Cartographies of Everyday Life."


Presenting “Cartographies of Access, Opportunity, and Difference” on 25 Oct at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning 58th Annual Conference in Buffalo, NY.

JUNE 2018

New essay on The Avery Review: "Not Yet #AfterRikers: Looking for #JusticeInDesign," a review of the Van Alen Institute's Justice In Design report.

Speaking at the Athena conference on 11 Jun at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, co-sponsored by the Center for the Future of Places and the degree program in Urbanism Studies. 

MAY 2018

New on ARPA Journal, Issue 5 Conflicts of Interest: "Research Ransoms: On Expelling Undue Influence" LM in conversation with Samantha Parsons from UnKoch My Campus

Speaking at Unlayerings: A Critical Conversation on Historical Geography on the 17th (keynote session) and 18th (roundtable) of May at Dartmouth College in Hanover, VT. The talk: "Cartographic Distance and the Urban Humanities." 

APRIL 2018

Presenting "Distanced: Remapping Access" at the AAG conference in New Orleans, 10-14 Apr as part of a special session on Mapping Urban In/Justice.

MARCH 2018

Giving a public talk "Difference and Distance" at Turbo on 12 Mar in Amman, Jordan, organized by Studio-X Amman. The talk takes place during the Impact Data Lab workshop 11-14 Mar, organized by Visualizing Impact and Studio-X Amman, where I'll serve as a mentor and advisor to the design teams.


Speaking at the Ways of Knowing Cities symposium (talk: "Cartographies of Distance") hosted by the Center for Spatial Research at Columbia in New York on 9 Feb.


"The Grid as Algorithm for Land Use: a Reappraisal of the 1811 Manhattan Grid" is now available online in Planning Perspectives.

Presenting two papers at the annual meeting of the SSHA in Montreal, both on 1 Nov. One on methodologies of H-GIS, the other on residential (in)stability in industrializing Copenhagen.


Presenting on urban planning's engagement with mass imprisonment at the annual meeting of the ACSP in Denver, CO on 14 Oct.


Speaking in GSAPP's Lectures in Planning Series (LiPS) this fall! "Critical Distance: Notes on GIS from the Ground." is 12 Sep.


Speaking on "Maps & Mayhem" at the Lady Science Forum hosted by BioDigital at the NYPL Grand Central Library on 30 Aug. The event is "Planning for Sharing: The Science of Urban Design" RSVP via Facebook.

JUNE 2017

Speaking at the University of Copenhagen on "Density & Connectivity: Land Use in Midnineteenth-Century New York" with G Baics on 19 Jun.

APRIL 2017

Keynote speaker with Gergely Baics at "Humanizing Data: Data, Humanities, and the City" a day-long symposium organized by the NYU Urban Democracy Lab on 8 Apr.

MARCH 2017

Speaking and moderating at "Big Data, Urban Data" organized by the APA Metro student representatives, at GSAPP 31 Mar.


Speaking at GeoNYC's "No One Ever Said Mapping Time Easy" on 13 FebInfo and RSVP here.

"Density & Connectivity: Land Use in Midnineteenth-Century New York" on view at Barnard College's McCagg Gallery 20 Feb - 3 Mar.


Speaking at the SVA Design Research, Writing, and Criticism lecture series on 6 Dec in NYC.


Cher finissage event in Copenhagen on 11 Nov, to close out the year-long project for the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016: After Belonging. Join us that afternoon at the Danish Architecture Center.


Speaking on 29 Oct at the Columbia Women's Leadership Conference on intersectionality and the production of gendered space in cities.

"Zoning Before Zoning: Land Use & Density in Mid-19th-Century New York" with G Baics (article in AAAG) reported in The Atlantic's CityLab by Richard Florida.

Presenting follow-up research on the NYC street grid with G Baics at the Urban History Association 2016 conference in Chicago, 13-16 Oct.


Presenting at the Architectural League of New York's Annual Student Program on 24 Sep. A full day of diverse practices. More info and registration here

Presentation and Panel Discussion at the AIA Center for Architecture on 19 Sep. The topic: "Designing for People Using Evidence." More info and RSVP here.

The Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016: After Belonging opened on 8 Sep and will remain on view until 27 Nov. If you're in Norway, check out the Cher photo booth!

The prototype-as-provocation, Cher officially launched at the OAT opening. Check it out at (desktop or mobile browser).


The planning team for New York City's first Cultural Plan was announced. Led by Hester Street Collective, Leah will be contributing data analysis and advanced mapping.

JUNE 2016

Presenting Cher at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design on 22 June in Copenhagen, Denmark.

At the SculptureCenter on 15 June. " In/On Construction: Leslie Hewitt and Leah Meisterlin in Conversation" to discuss Leslie's Collective Stance at the Center.

Speaking at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Met Breuer on 8 June in NYC as part of "In Our Time: The Sharing Movement." 

Teaching "Mapping for the Urban Humanities: A Summer Bootcamp," a summer intensive course on digital mapping for faculty, with the Center for Spatial Research at Columbia.

MAY 2016

"Zoning Before Zoning: Land Use & Density in Midnineteenth-Century New York" (with G Baics) now available online in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers.

Very proud and excited to join the Metropolitan New York Library Council Board of Trustees!

Leah will join the full-time faculty at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation in the fall, teaching within the urban planning program.

Panel discussion to launch The Architecture Lobby's Asymmetric Labors: The Economy of Architecture in Theory & Practice at the Venice Biennale vernissage: 3PM on Friday, 27 May at the New Zealand Exhibition.

Presenting pedagogical lessons from Datascapes & the Informal City at Barnard's "Teaching through Technology: Faculty Reflections" on Thursday, 5 May.

APRIL 2016

Teaching the Rikers Studio in Architecture and Urban Design, with the Rikers Education Program at Columbia University's Center for Justice—a four-week course for Columbia students and 16-to-17-year-olds at Rikers Island.

MARCH 2016

Presenting "Alternative and Pluralistic Mappings of the City" at Reading the City 2 at the London School of Economics on 18 March.


Pecha Kucha presentation on urban planning practice at Columbia University GSAPP on 18 February.


"Cher" selected as one of five "In Residence" Intervention Strategies for the 2016 Oslo Architectural Triennale.