Decorative Arts and Design History Faculty

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Helen Bechtel

Helen Bechtel is an architect and independent curator.
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Heidi Nasstrom Evans

Dr. Nasstrom Evans specializes in American and European visual culture from the industrial revolution to the present day (1750-2017).
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Cynthia Fischer

Cynthia K. Fischer is a specialist in the reform design of the Anglo-American house during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a minor concentration in the decorative arts of Japan.
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Oscar Fitzgerald

Oscar Fitzgerald is the author of Four Centuries of American Furniture, the definitive reference on the subject.
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Cecilia Gunzburger

Cecilia Gunzburger is a textile historian, museum curator, and educator with a passion for textiles and for interpretation.
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Jeff Hardwick

Jeff Hardwick is a Senior Program Officer in the Division of Public Programs at the National Endowment for Humanities.
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Erin Kuykendall

After spending several summers as an archaeologist at Jamestown with Preservation Virginia, Erin Kuykendall shifted her studies of American history, architecture, and decorative arts to the world preserved above ground, and worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Mount Vernon, the Reeves Collection of Chinese Export Porcelain at Washington & Lee University, and the Philadelphia Athenaeum.
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Elizabeth Lay

Elizabeth Lay is a Textile Historian and the Curator at Montgomery History’s Beall Dawson House and Stonestreet Museum in Rockville.
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Dianne Pierce

Dianne Pierce is an architectural and design historian with particular focus on Modernism, domestic interiors, and Postwar America.
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Elizabeth Chase Rochette

Elizabeth Rochette focuses on the market for design in western culture.
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Josephine Shea

As curator of Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, a historic house museum in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan, Josephine Shea managed the rich collection of fine and decorative arts that reflects the Fords' important patronage of the arts.
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Tanya Wetenhall

A specialist in dress history, Professor Wetenhall’s teaching encompasses fashion and costume history, world dress practices, ballet design history, material culture and the decorative arts.