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Gretchen Von Koenig

Ph.D. Program, History of Technology and Industrialization
Hagley Scholar
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
 

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Parsons School of Design, MA History of Design & Curatorial Studies 2018

Research Interests

As a designer & historian, I am interested in how objects give form to our lives, framing and mediating our social interactions as well as conveying identities of people, cultures and societies. The focus of my recent research involves the effects of capitalism on industrial design education in the United States, looking at the complex relationships between industry, schools, and a consumer society. My other research surrounds historical and contemporary curricula deployed in undergraduate design education, specifically the how we teach history to design students; issues of racism and classicism in the canon, methodologies for cross-curricular knowledge application and pedagogical practices in design history classrooms today. I am also interested in American popular cultures, class & social identity issues found in everyday objects of mass production, how the making of objects facilitates global cultural exchanges, influences economic structures in trade & commodities, and how this informs problematic labor forces both at home and abroad. In short, I love how objects are both remnants of the historical present and form givers to imagined futures. I have a background in historic home curation and grant writing, non-profit administration and development as well as museum education and interpretation.

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​Dr. Arwen Mohun

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