Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley; Bachelor of Arts from Smith College


“The Power of the Plan,” PLATFORM, January 23, 2020

On Playhouses, Parenting and Publicity,” PLATFORM, July 25, 2019

“The Spatial Practices of Privilege,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians70 (June 2011), 210-239.

A Manufactured Wilderness: Summer Camps and the Shaping of American Youth, 1890-1960 (Minnesota, 2006)

Free to All: Carnegie Libraries and American Culture, 1890-1920 (Chicago, 1995; Japanese translation, 2005) 

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Book in progress on the spaces of childhood architecture’s role in naturalizing privilege

Co-editor, Architecture, Landscape, and American Culture series, University of Minnesota Press


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