Portrait of Makker

Kirin J MakkerProfessor of American Studies; Chair, American Studies

Joined faculty in 2008

Ph.D., Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.Arch., University of Maryland College Park
M.A., English Language and Literature, University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.A., English Language and Literature, minor in history, University of Texas Austin

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Scholarly Interest

Kirin Makker is Professor of American Studies at Hobart William Smith Colleges. An artist trained as an architect, and a scholar in critical space theory, Makker works to bridge disciplines and their methods of producing knowledge. At her institution, she teaches courses which investigate social power and architectural spaces. She combines traditional scholarship with creative practice in hand drawing, sewing and installation art. Her research on these topics takes several forms, including designing and leading participatory art projects, exhibiting solo artworks, and producing scholarly writing on women’s and black history in design and urban planning.