Cassini Nazir

Clinical Associate Professor - Arts, Technonlogy, and Emerging Communication
Director of Design, ArtSciLab
ATC 3.503
Tags: Design & Technology Communication & Culture

Professional Preparation

MFA - Arts and Technology
The University of Texas at Dallas - 2011
BA - English Literature
The University of Texas at Dallas - 2003
BA - Economics and Finance
The University of Texas at Dallas - 2002

Research Areas

Research Interests
  • Interaction Design
  • User Experience Design
  • Design Education
  • Transdisciplinary Collaboration


Cassini Nazir and Robert Fee; A Service Design Approach to Learning / Design Management Institute. Paper to be presented at DMI: Academic Design Management Conference 2018 Ravensbourne, London. 2018 - Publication
Mauricio Mejia, Cassini Nazir, Roger Malina, Alex Garcia Topete; Felipe C. Londono; Andres F. Roldan, Priscila L. Farias; Joao Silveira / An Emerging Role for Design Methods in Transdisciplinary Practices. Paper to be presented at ISEA 2018 Intersections, Durban, South Africa. 2018 - Publication
Demirjian, Andrew; Pearlman, Ellen Lois; Burrough, xtine; Nazir, Cassini; Boisevert, H. / Emerging Platforms for Artist Interaction. Paper presented at ISEA 2016 Hong Kong:  Cultural R>evolution, Hong Kong, Hong Kong. 2016 - Publication


Director of Design
UT Dallas [2016–Present]
Clinical Associate Professor
UT Dallas [2015–Present]
Clinical Assistant Professor
UT Dallas [2012–2015]
Visit Assistant Professor
UT Dallas [2011–2012]
School of Arts and Humanities


Nominee, President's Teaching Excellence Award - Center for Teaching and Learning [2018]
Nominee, President's Teaching Excellence Award - Center for Teaching and Learning [2017]
Nominee, Provost's Award for Faculty Excellent in Undergraduate Research Mentoring - Office of Undergraduate Education and Office of the Provost [2017]


Creative Disturbance
2014 Creative Disturbance is an international, multilingual, online podcast platform that for the arts, design, sciences, and technology communities. Read more
2015 The MIT Press and Leonardo/ISAST are pleased to announce the launch of ARTECA, a curated space for essential content linking the arts, sciences, and technologies. The platform was built and is developed by the ArtSci Lab at UT Dallas. Read more

News Articles

Interdisciplinary Literature Come Together in ATEC Lab's New Online Reading Platform
For scholarly work that exists outside the realm of traditional peer-reviewed journals, outlets for getting research recognized and read can be few and far between.

To overcome this challenge, the ArtSciLab, UT Dallas’ transdisciplinary research lab, recently launched ARTECA. The new online reading platform will serve as a curated space for academic literature at the intersection of the arts, humanities, science and technology.

A collaborative effort between the ArtSciLab, the MIT Press and the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (ISAST),  ARTECA includes an expanding collection of more than 200 books and access to three MIT Press journals.
UX Design Marks Its Spot as Growing Career Path for ATEC Students
From Dell Technologies to Capital One, companies that rely on the use of intuitive customer experiences are finding a wealth of talented designers among students and alumni from the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at UT Dallas.

The ArtSciLab — the school’s transdisciplinary research lab focused on the intersection of art and science — is immersing students into the field of user experience, or UX, design.

Cassini Nazir, clinical associate professor in the arts and technology (ATEC) program and director of design and research for the lab, said UT Dallas is emerging as a leader in UX education in North Texas.
UT Dallas Magazine: Artists, Scientists Blur the Lines
In 2013, Malina founded the ArtSciLab at UT Dallas to facilitate new forms of collaboration between artists and scientists. Building on his decades of experience as executive editor of the Leonardo suite of publications from MIT Press, which provide a platform for the arts/science/technology scholarly community, he and his ArtSciLab collaborators recently added to that suite ARTECA, a digital publishing project led by Cassini Nazir, clinical associate professor in ATEC.

“ARTECA champions and documents the work of the new ‘hybrid’ professionals whose academic pursuits bridge the arts and sciences,” Malina said.
Clark Scholars Boost Research Skills Through Summer Program
Joel Ewing, a first-year ATEC student, worked with Cassini Nazir, clinical assistant professor of arts and technology, and Dr. Roger Malina, Distinguished Professor of Arts and Technology, to design a website. ARTECA — a collaboration between UT Dallas’ ArtSciLab, which Malina directs, and the MIT Press — will be an online curated space of essential content in an interdisciplinary field where art, science and technology meet.


Professional Affiliations
  • Honors Affiliate, Hobson Wildenthal Honors College 
  • Founding Board Member, Experience Driven
  • Member, User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) 
  • Member, Interaction Design Association (IXDA) 
  • Member, Service Design Network (SDN)