Riad Kherdeen studies global modern art and architecture, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. His interests include comparative and planetary modernisms, postcolonial and critical theory, modes of abstraction, the built environment, cross-cultural exchange, intermateriality, neuroaesthetics, and technical art history. Riad holds a B.A. in Art History and a minor in Chemistry from New York University (2013) and an M.A. in the History of Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts (2016). His M.A. thesis “Masdar City: Oriental City of the Twenty-First Century,” advised by Jean-Louis Cohen, looks at the urban design and architecture of Masdar City in the United Arab Emirates as a new iteration of the “Orientalized” city within a genealogy of recent urbanism in the Arab world, one that still succumbs to the imagined representations of the region created by European imperialism yet embraces those stereotypes to construct new narratives about its people and its nascent nation.