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Samuel Dodd

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History

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Samuel Dodd

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History

Samuel Dodd is an architectural historian whose work examines the intersection of spatial, visual, and technological cultures within the United States. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Dodd is currently at work on two book-length projects: one about the spatial properties of television when used by architects, designers, planners, and artists during the 20th century; and another on the American house as a site for creative and participatory building practices. His writings have been published in Art Journal, Design Issues, the Journal of Architectural Education, and the Journal of Design History.

In addition to courses on modern and contemporary art and architecture, Dr. Dodd teaches honors tutorials and special topics seminars, including Art Spaces: Installation, Exhibition, Experience and Social Practices in Art & Design. He previously taught at the University of Arizona and the University of Texas at Austin, where he also worked at the Center for Sustainable Development.

Recent Research Projects

“Televising Architecture: Spatial Simulations and the ‘Scanning Finger’,” Art Journal 77, no. 2 (forthcoming, June 2018).

“Crafting the Sears Modern Home,” in Making Home: The Arts and Crafts Movement and the Reform of Everyday Life, edited by Christopher Long and Monica Penick (Yale University Press, forthcoming in 2018).

“Endless Exhibition: Housing Displays and HGTV’s Brand Touchpoints,” in Taste, Consumption, and Markets, edited by Zeynep Arsel and Jonathan Bean (Routledge, forthcoming).

Curator, “House Proud: Portraits of the American Home,” exhibition at the Kennedy Museum of Art, Athens, Ohio (22 September – 17 December 2017).

“Studio, Storefront, Screen: Mapping Alternative Planning Sites.” Paper presented at the 17th National Conference of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History, Cleveland, Ohio (26 October 2017).

“Participatory Building Communities and the Production of Design Knowledge,” Journal of Architectural Education 71, no. 1 (March 2017).

“Do-It-Ourselves: Ikea Hackers and Participatory Building Communities.” Paper presented at the Construction History Society of America 5th Biennial Meeting, Austin, Texas (27 May 2016).

“Learning from HGTV: Media Convergence and Design Branding in America,” Design Issues 32, no. 2 (Spring 2016). 

“Parade of Homes: Salesmanship and the Postwar American Housing Industry,” Journal of Design History 28, no. 4 (November 2015). 

“Imagery in the Information Age: Rauschenberg’s Screens.” Invited talk delivered at the Kennedy Museum of Art, Athens, Ohio (6 November 2015).


Classes Being Taught:

art theory and criticism; global visual culture surveys; modern architecture and spatial cultures; and new media studies.