History of Art and Architecture

Jennifer Donnelly


Jen joined the History of Art and Architecture Department in 2010 with a background in architecture and urban studies.  Her research focuses on the Museum of French Monuments (1795-1816) and the role of architectural space as public spectacle and pedagogical tool in early nineteenth-century France.  Broader issues reveal the complex relationship of temporality, physiognomy, and experience in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century architecture.  Jen is also a practicing architect who has worked on a variety of built projects, including the Peter B. Lewis Center and Woodhill Homes in Cleveland, Ohio.  She has published on the history of public housing in Depression-era Cleveland.  For five of the last six years, she has helped lead the annual architectural studies field trip, an opportunity for architecture students to visit internationally recognized architectural sites while exploring complex urban issues in cities like Detroit, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and New Haven.

Education Details

PhD Candidate, ABD, History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, 2012-present

Master of Art, History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, 2012

Master of Architecture, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2007

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2004

Selected Publications

“Myth, Modernity, and Mass Housing: The Development of Public Housing in Depression-era Cleveland.” Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, 25, no 1 (2013): 45-68.

“Mirrors of Time: Temporality and Contemporaneity in the work of Jorge Luis Borges.” Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture, 2 (July 2012).

Selected Awards

HAA Graduate Excellence in Teaching Award

Ruth Crawford Mitchell Memorial Scholarship, Nationality Rooms Scholarship

2007 AIA Henry Adams Medal, awarded to the top student in the department of architecture

Conferences and Public Speaking

Invited Lecturer, Miami University, Department of Architecture, Oxford, OH, April 22 2015.

"Physiognomy, Agency, and Objecthood at the Museum of French Monuments." NCSA 36th Annual Conference, Boston, MA, March 26-28, 2015.

“Temporal Tourism: The Transformation of History at the Museum of French Monuments." NCSA 34th Annual Conference, Fresno, CA, March 8, 2013.

“The Idea of Time: Historical Consciousness and Aesthetic Unfolding.” ACSA 95th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 8-11, 2007.