• Michelle Jackson-Beckett


    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. Her doctoral work focuses on conceptions of affordability in interior design and housing, as well as the history of design pedagogy in Austria and the United States. 

    On the part-time faculty for the MFA Industrial Design program, she has taught courses in Parsons ADHT on the history of American and European industrial design and visual culture, spanning 1750 to the present, 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, and a co-chair of the young patrons program for the museum. 

    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. 

    Degrees Held:

    PhD Candidate, Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture
    MPhil, Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture
    MA, honors, History of Decorative Arts and Design, Parsons School of Design / Cooper Hewitt Design Museum
    BA cum laude, German Language and Literature; Art History; European Studies, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia 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 

    Recent Publications:

    Book Review: Christoph Thun-Hohenstein and Rainald Franz (eds.) Otto Prutscher: Allgestalter der Wiener Moderne | Universal Designer of Viennese Modernism, The Journal of Design History, Spring 2020. 

    Book Review: Elisabeth Schmuttermeier and Christian Witt-Dörring, Koloman Moser: Universal Artist between Gustav Klimt and Josef Hoffmann, The Journal of Design History, Fall 2019.

    Book Review: Christian Brandstätter et al, Vienna 1900 Complete, West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture, Spring 2019.

    Exhibition and Book Review: Christian Witt-Dörring and Janis Staggs, Wiener Werkstätte 1903-1932: The Luxury of Beauty, West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture, Spring 2018.

    Book Review: Rainald Franz, ed. The Glass of the Architects: Vienna 1900–1937, Journal of Design History 30, Issue 4, 3 November 2017, Pages 429–431,

    Book Chapter: “Longing for Past and Future: Cultural Identity and Central European Revivalist Glassware Designs,” in Revival: Memories, Identities, Utopias. Ayla Lepine, Matthew Lodder, and Rosalind McKeever, eds.  London: Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum, 2015. 

    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 

    Current Courses:

    Industrial Design History (Fall 2019)