Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
Lisa Mercer is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator of Graphic Design in the School of Art + Design. She is the founder of Operation Compass, an ethnographic research study concerned with developing design-led interventions to combat the complex social issue of human trafficking. She co-coordinates research with Racism Untaught focused on revealing & unlearning forms of racialized design: design that perpetuates elements of racism.
Her research interests include creating new design frameworks by developing, executing, and analyzing social innovations to impact change. She has been published and invited as a keynote speaker internationally focused on her work with Operation Compass and Racism Untaught. She has also been featured on media including: the Dallas affiliate for NBC, National Public Radio (NPR) shows Texas Standard, Illinois News Rooms, All Things Considered, and Sirius Radio. She received her BFA in Visual Communications and Design from Purdue University in 2000 and her MFA in Design Research from the University of North Texas in 2015.