Leslie D Joynes, PhD, FRGS, FRAI

Scholar at Columbia University on Visual Cultures in Asia. In 2015 initiated the American Arts Lecture Series at Mongolia State University for Art and Culture and was Keynote Speaker for the Inaugural Young Researchers Forum at Mongolia National University for Education. In Asia he researches collaboration in the art and art education and curriculum design for university art programs (BFA, MFA, PhD and Post-Doc). Leadership in Cultural and Creative Industries.

Academic Research

Museums and Culture Research
New Media and Interdisciplinary Art
New Methodologies for Art Research and Performance
US-Foreign Collaboration in the Arts through Performance
Workshop Design to Serve Underrepresented Communities
Interface of Art Practice with Social Entrepreneurship
Curriculum Design for Research Programs in the Arts (MFA, M.Res, PhD)
Leadership in Cultural Institutions

Recent books include “The Artist-centric model in museums” (2018) in Looking to New Institutional Models: China’s Cultural Landscape by Mid-Century, Ching, N and Tanner, L, (eds), Long Museum, Shanghai. He has lectured on international cooperation in the arts at Columbia University; University of Coventry, University of Lincoln, La Salle College of Art, Singapore, Kookmin University, Korea, Renmin University, and Peking University, China and Smolny/ Bard College, St. Petersburg, Russia.


Co-Chair of the American Center for Mongolian Studies Young Researchers Forum Mongolian National University of Education, Mongolia (2016)
Founder ArtRoundtable Mongolia (2019)
Research Scholar in Art and Education, Teachers College Columbia University, New York (2016-2018).
Research Scholar on Visual Cultures and Culture Industries, Columbia University, New York (2018-present).
Visiting Professor, Peking University Institute for Cultural Industries (2018), Beijing
Visiting Professor, Renmin University, Beijing (2013-pres)
Visiting Professor, Minzu University, Beijing (2020)
Fulbright-Hays US Public Diplomacy Grantee Mongolia (2014) and China (2017)
Post-Doctorate on Performance at the School of Art and Communications (ECA) at University of São Paulo, Brazil (2017)
Field Research Fellow, US Department of State/ American Center for Mongolian Studies (2016).
Visiting Researcher. Mongolian State University for Art and Culture, Ulaanbaatar (2016)
University of the Arts London Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) Fellowship (2015)
Editorial Board, ProjectAnywhere journal on site specific art at Parsons School of Art, The New School and University of Melbourne, Australia (2015-present)
US Department of State ZERO1 Art and Technology Network.
Founder and Director, FormLAB Studios (1997-present)
Founder, KinoForm Films (New York)

Academic Qualifications

Post Doctorate, Art and Communications, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Doctorate (PhD) from the Faculty of Art, Environment and Technology, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK (2012)
Masters in fine art at Musashino Art University, Japan (Monbusho Scholar) (2001)
MA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London (1997)
BA (Hons) Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art, University of the Arts London, UK (1996)
Erasmus Scholar, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-arts, Paris (1995)
MBA, California State University (1989)
M.Sc Boston University and Vrije Universiteit Brussels Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences (1988)
BA (cum laude) in History, Boston University (1986)

Affiliations and Fellowships

Field Research Fellow and Young Researchers Conference co-chair, American Center for Mongolian Studies, Ulaanbaatar
Fellow, Explorers Club, New York
Fellow University of the Arts London Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN), London, UK
Fellow, Royal Geographical Society of Great Britain, London, UK
Fellow, Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain, London, UK
Fellow, Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC
College Arts Association, New York
Editorial Board. ProjectAnywhere, University of Melbourne and Parsons School of Art and Design, New York
Exchange Alumni, US Department of State
Citizens Exchange Alumni, US Department of State

Diploma in Leadership Coaching, New York University (2019)


  • Arts
  • Education
  • Mongolia Studies
  • Buddhist Art
  • US-Mongolian Culture Exchange
  • Pedagogy
  • Summer Program Development