Jordan Karney Chaim is an independent art historian based in San Diego. She holds a PhD from Boston University, where her doctoral research traced the histories of three exhibition spaces (The Woman’s Building, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) in order to illustrate how a flourishing network of alternative spaces became one of Los Angeles’s most significant art-historical developments in the latter half of the twentieth century. Her current work examines the intersections of art and community, focusing on emerging artists and institutional histories in the United States. Jordan's most recent writing can be found in Hyperallergic and HereIn Journal, where she also serves as Contributing Editor.