Ellen Christensen is an Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design. She holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Drawing from an undergraduate cultural and urban studies concentration within the American Studies major at Berkeley, she is interested in the visualization of power imbalances. Her research primarily focuses on community, placemaking, and experimental mapping. Her design practice includes editorial, identity, and information design. Prior to joining the faculty at SFSU, she taught at Boston University, Clark University, and Tufts University.