History of Art and Architecture

Kylie R. J. Seltzer

Biography

Kylie R. J. Seltzer (née Jasinski) is a PhD candidate specializing in nineteenth-century French architecture. In 2012, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with high distinction from the University of Minnesota, double-majoring in French & Italians studies and art history. Her research examines the intersection of architectural history and race theory in late nineteenth-century Paris through the subject of human housing. In her dissertation, “Housing Identities: Race, Anxiety, and Environment in Paris, 1870-1892,” she unravels a web of displayed human groups, anthropologists, and architectural specimens. Through analyses of the dwellings that accompanied and framed human displays, Kylie demonstrates that Parisians were uniquely capable of reading the race theory imbedded in exhibits of housing. Moreover, as the science behind race theory became increasingly tenuous, examples of dwellings served to anchor human displays to the racial ideologies that they were created to visualize. 

When she is not working on her dissertation, Kylie is dedicated to building community both within and beyond the university. In the HAA department, she is committed to mentoring undergraduates and graduates alike and will serve as the department’s TA mentor for the second time during the 2018-2019 year. When teaching, she encourages her students to take risks, speak their minds, and connect with each other and the wider world. As the Graduate Student Assistant in the “Humanities Careers” project, she works directly with Associate Dean Hoock to re-think doctoral training in the humanities. Outside the university, Kylie is the founder of Trashy PGH, an organization dedicated to addressing the litter problem in Pittsburgh’s urban neighborhoods. 

 In her free time, she is an exercise enthusiast, espresso lover, and always on the hunt for a great vintage clothing find.