Nikki Moore is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art History at Rice University. After completing her S.M.Arch.S at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (MIT) in 2005, Nikki continued her graduate studies at the European Graduate School (EGS), working with Avital Ronell toward a dissertation on mit-sein as conceived by Martin Heidegger and troubled by Jacques Derrida. Student teaching for Slavoj Žižek brought her to question the ideologies of nature and sustainability. Her current object oriented research focuses on the industrialization of food-based commodities and concurrent development practices in modern Latin America, focusing on their symbiotic relationship to art and architectural practice. Moore is a fellow with the University Based Institute for Advanced Studies’ Intercontinental Academia. Her work has received support from the Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Brown Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation along with a Special Citation from the Graham Foundation for the Carter Manny Award. Her research has been published in Europe, Brazil and the United States.