What I do.

I work at the intersection of social science, media and communication. I utilize ethnography and other forms of storytelling to access the complexity of human experience and inform a deeper and more inclusive understanding of the ways in which sustainable change occurs.

Where I work: The Americas, Sub-Saharan Africa, India, Europe

Who I work with: Community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations/not-for-profit organizations, philanthropic institutions, artists, visionaries

  • Michaela’s work creates a bridge and a method to bring the voices and stories of people to the halls of institutional power to promote positive social change.
    Eric Ramirez Ferrero, Chief of Party, JHPIEGO Mozambique
  • Michaela is a talented visual storyteller and an excellent communicator. She has an aptitude for engaging diverse stakeholders and she is committed to promoting participatory methods in service of community transformation.
    Darren Isom, Manager, The Bridgespan Group
  • Michaela is sensitive to cultural dynamics that influence qualitative research. She is a good teacher and trainer and provides excellent feedback to staff and other key stakeholders.
    Sara Ezra Teri, Community Relations Superintendent, Bulyanhulu Gold Mine Limited
  • Michaela has a knack for setting people at ease. We enjoy working with her because she is creative and adaptive, and she has a great sense of humor — all attributes of a great producer!
    Shane King, Principal, Mission Pictures
  • Michaela’s work creates a bridge and a method to bring the voices and stories of people to the halls of institutional power to promote positive social change.
    Eric Ramirez Ferrero, Chief of Party, JHPIEGO Mozambique
  • Michaela is a talented visual storyteller and an excellent communicator. She has an aptitude for engaging diverse stakeholders and she is committed to promoting participatory methods in service of community transformation.
    Darren Isom, Manager, The Bridgespan Group
  • Michaela is sensitive to cultural dynamics that influence qualitative research. She is a good teacher and trainer and provides excellent feedback to staff and other key stakeholders.
    Sara Ezra Teri, Community Relations Superintendent, Bulyanhulu Gold Mine Limited
  • Michaela has a knack for setting people at ease. We enjoy working with her because she is creative and adaptive, and she has a great sense of humor — all attributes of a great producer!
    Shane King, Principal, Mission Pictures

What I'm Up To.

Global Fund for Women

Exhibition Curator.

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on March 28th, 2014
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This year I am producing the International Museum of Women’s (now part of Global Fund for Women) upcoming exhibit on women, technology and human rights. Launching in Fall 2014, the IGNITE exhibition will make visible …

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Digital Case Study.

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on March 27th, 2014
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Over the next two years, I will build a digital case study documenting the impact of the Girls’ Health in Girls’ Hands Collaborative. The case study will be informed by interviews with agency staff, practitioners …

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Justice Matters

Resource Guide.

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on March 26th, 2014
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This spring I am supporting Justice Matters’ important work by creating a communication guide for the organization, designing a series of learning resources and providing key staff with support to increase audience…

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Collaborators I work with

Hello.

Michaela Leslie-Rule Bio

Michaela Leslie-Rule.

I am an artist and social scientist. Over the past 15 years I’ve honed a rigorous practice that employs personal and collective storytelling to better understand and communicate the impacts of public health programming and social policy. Using digital media, ethnography and other forms of qualitative research, I work to build opportunities for communities most affected by health and human rights policies, to contribute their knowledge, perspective and expertise to program development, evaluation and advocacy. Aspects of my work have been recognized by the Zanzibar International Film Festival, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the International AIDS Society/ Agence Nationale de Recherche sur le sida et les hépatites virales (ANRS).

Project areas:

HIV prevention
Sexual and reproductive health
Women and girls empowerment
Gender-based violence
Commercial sex work
Schoolhouse to Jailhouse pipeline
Incarceration

Currently I am exploring the application of wireless technology to monitor and document social change as it is experienced by women, young people and communities of color. I earned a bachelor’s of fine arts degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and master’s of public health and public administration degrees from the University of Washington.