Cecilia Gunzburger

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer of Decorative Arts & Design History
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Cecilia Gunzburger is a textile historian with expertise in European, American, and global textiles and historic textile technologies. Her research interests focus on the circulation and exchange of textiles and textile technologies in the early modern period, and the social construction of identity through furnishing and dress. She has published on indigenous Trique weavers' negotiation of cultural identity through textiles in Oaxaca, Mexico, and on contemporary artists' use of global textiles to comment on transcultural identity. Cecilia lectures and leads study tours on topics ranging from Kashmir shawls to contemporary New York fashion. She previously worked as a curator at The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

Professor Gunzburger teaches courses on textile and decorative art history: Survey of European and American Textiles, Textiles in Global Trade, Textiles in the Historic Interior, and Historic Textile Analysis, as well as other decorative arts history and theory courses.


Current Research & Projects 

Professor Gunzburger is currently working on a book on lace in the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries as an essential component in the performance of civility and construction of European identity in the age of global colonialism.




  • "Batik to Abstraction in the Art of Emily Kame Kngwarreye." In Beyond Dreamings: The Rise of Indigenous Australian Art in the United States, Henry F. Skerritt, ed. Charlottesville, Virginia: Kluge-Rhue Aborigial Art Collection of the University of Virginia, 2018.
  • "Weaving" and "Loom." World Book Encyclopedia Online. August 2017.
  • "We Are What We Wear: Cross-cultural Uses of Textiles." In Pattern ID, Ellen Rudolph, ed. Akron, Ohio: Akron Art Museum, 2010.
  • "Tradition and Transformation in Chicahuaxtla Trique Textiles." Textile Society of America 9th Biennial Symposium Proceedings, 2005.

Editor, The Textile Museum Thesaurus. Washington, DC: The Textile Museum, 2005.



BA in Anthropology, University of Tennessee

MA in Fashion & Textile Studies, SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology

PhD in progress, in Art & Architectural History, University of Virginia


Professional Organizations

Textile Society of America