Ali Dipp considers the significance of dreams within American Political Thought. Previously, she explored the role of optimism within nineteenth- and twentieth- century legal theory and through Westward Expansion’s aesthetic history. Now, she is curious as to how scale, ambition, and work ethic became intellectually interdigitated ideas.
Born in El Paso, Texas, she graduated from the Brown-RISD Dual Degree Program, jointly earning an English AB from Brown and a Painting BFA from RISD in May of 2022. Dipp is a nonprofit founder, artist, and metaphor-maker. Heralding from the former ‘Jean Capital of the World,’ she manually stitches denim heirlooms (alidipp.com). Dipp spearheaded Work Project, a living archive of today’s Southwest and involves over 250 participants, including prominent cultural figures, artists, nonprofits, educators, historians, and humanitarian organizations (ourworkproject.org). During the spring and summer of 2021, she co-hosted as the creative director of an iHeartRadio show spanning the Southwest, the Pass of the North Radio Show. In the summer of 2022, she concluded the manuscript that she aims to publish as her first novel. It is a Western that begins with a man who flew to the sun. Now she is writing her next work, which is a fictional self-help book.