George Philip LeBourdais, PhD

Hello! I’m a writer, curator and researcher. I craft unusual stories about art, technology and the human experience that inspire us to create a better world. 

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About Me

I’m the Consulting Curator for Digital Initiatives at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), the Digital Humanities hub at Stanford University. To give you a sense of what drives me, I make exhibitions like this, teach classes like this, and write things like this, this and this.

I earned my Ph.D. from Stanford in the History of Art & Architecture with a dissertation on the first photographic survey of the Arctic in 1869. My work explores how we represent experiences that defy normal description, like intense emotions, extreme environments and new technologies.

In my spare time, I love cycling, hiking and large format photography. With my college a cappella days behind me, I’m in a Moana-only cover band with my two-year-old daughter.


Ph.D. History of Art & Architecture (Andrew Mellon Dissertation Fellow)
Stanford University

Ignite Certificate (Venture and Entrepreneurship)
Stanford Graduate School of Business

M.A. History of Art & Architecture (Annual Clark Prize Winner)
Williams College and the Clark Art Institute

B.A. Art History, French, Italian (Cum Laude, College Scholar)
Middlebury College

Relevant Experience

Consulting Curator for Digital Initiatives
Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, Stanford University
September 2018 to Present

Communications and Strategy, mARkt (Mixed Reality Startup)
Stanford Graduate School of Business, Ignite Program
June 2018 to July 2018

Graduate Consultant for Pedagogy
Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Stanford University
September 2014 to June 2016

Curator, “Arboreal Architecture” Exhibition
Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University
January 2015 to May 2015

Co-Curator, “Carleton Watkins: The Stanford Albums” Exhibition
Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University
May 2014 to December 2014

Research Scholar, U.S. Fulbright Commission
University of Lausanne, Switzerland
September 2009 to June 2010

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I love giving dynamic, engaging talks on American art, photography, and the history of landscape architecture design. I’ve recently lectured at Stanford, Bowdoin College, Texas Christian University, Emory University, SFMOMA, the de Young Museum, the Institute for Classical Architecture & Art, and many other educational venues. Please reach out if you’re interested in having me speak for your group or event!

I’m also available for private guided tours of Bay Area museums. If you’re excited about an upcoming exhibition or are visiting the area and would like an expert and affable guide through a show, be in touch!


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