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  • Michelle Jackson-Beckett

    Profile:

    Michelle Jackson-Beckett's academic research focuses on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Central European and American design and architecture, especially the history of glass at the intersection of industrial and artistic contexts. 

    Currently on the part-time faculty for the MFA Industrial Design program, she has taught courses on the history of American and European industrial design and visual culture, spanning 1750 to the present at the New School, including seminars on Weimar visual culture, American modern architecture and design, Postmodern architecture and design, global issues in contemporary design, and revivalism in western architecture and design of the twentieth century. She is also a docent at the Neue Galerie New York, Museum for German and Austrian Art.

    Her work has been published by the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and she has given lectures at conferences for the Design History Society, the College Art Association, the International Council of Museums, the Victorian Society of America, and the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association, among others. 

    Jackson-Beckett is the Director of Archives and Publications at R & Company, a postwar and contemporary design gallery located in Tribeca. 

    Degrees Held:

    PhD Candidate, Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture
    MA, History of Decorative Arts and Design, Parsons School of Design / Cooper Hewitt Design Museum
    BA, German Language and Literature; Art History; European Studies, Saint Joseph's University and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich

    Professional Affiliations:

    Phi Beta Kappa
    National German Honor Society
    College Art Association
    Design History Society
    Society of Architectural Historians
    Historians of German, Scandinavian, and Central European Art
    Art Glass Forum
    Archivists Roundtable of Metropolitan New York
    American Studies Association 

    Research Interests:

    history of modern architecture, interiors, and design in Europe and the Americas; history of design pedagogy; history of glass; women architects and designers; labor history; histories of supply chain and material distribution pathways; design archives and preservation 

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