Jana Leo taught at Cooper Union for seven years, and now divides her time between Madrid and New York. In 2007, she founded Civic Gaps, a New York think tank dedicated to studying empty or neglected spaces in the city. With support from the Ministry of Culture, she also founded the MOSIS Foundation, an urban planning think tank in Madrid that builds and tests models which strive to connect people and places through art. Leo earned a MA in architecture from Princeton and a PhD in philosophy and art from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. Rape New York is her first book in English.