Sheila Crane

B.A., Smith College, 1990;  M.A., Northwestern Univ., 1994;  Ph.D. Northwestern University, 2001

Assistant Professor, Modern Architecture and Urbanism

Sheila Crane's research focuses on the architecture, urban histories, and visual cultures of modern Europe and the Mediterranean Basin, with a particular interest in France and Algeria. Her publications have addressed questions of memory, urban representation, the movements of architects, and translations of built forms and have appeared in Future Anterior, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, as well as in collected volumes including Gender and Landscape (Routledge, 2005) and The Spaces of the Modern City (Princeton University Press, 2008). She is currently completing a book entitled "Mediterranean Crossroads: Marseille and the Remaking of Modern Architecture." Ms. Crane has also been a Visiting Fellow at the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University and at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal where she began work on a second book project that analyzes movements of architects, transnational transfers of architectural ideas, and translations of built forms and meanings between Algiers and Marseille during the long process of decolonization from the 1930s through the 1980s.

Ms. Crane teaches courses on modern architecture and urbanism, theories and methods of architectural history, and issues in 20th-century architecture and theory. In addition to surveys of Modern Architecture and World Architecture and Urbanism, ca. 1400-Present, her courses have examined problems of memory and memorialization in postwar and postcolonial sites; trans-national modernisms; Mediterranean cities; theories of gender, sexuality, and space; and architectural theory and practice in the 1960s.

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