Leary, Erin


Research Interests
  • American decorative arts
  • design and architecture
  • consumption
  • American domestic landscapes
  • gender studies
  • cinematic representations of architecture
  • Bauhaus
  • museum studies and exhibition history
Dissertation Project

“Decorating for Discrimination: Nativism and Eugenics in the Decorative and Domestic Arts, 1893-1924”

Publications and Presentations
  • “’A Tendency to Outstrip Native Blossoms in Life’s Race’: Nativism in Impressionist Gardens,” in The Impressionist Garden: American Artists and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920, ed. Anna Marley (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, 2014). [under review]
  • College Art Association Annual Conference, “The Influence of Scandinavian Design in America” session organized by Bobbye Tigerman, presenter: “Nordicism and Colonial Revival: American Identity and Racial Myths in Scandinavian-American Exchange, 1900-1930.” February 2014.
  • Review of Andrew Higgott and Timothy Wray, eds., Camera Constructs: Photography, Architecture and the Modern City (2012), Photography and Culture 6, no. 3 (November 2013): 377-380.
  • Review of Eric Gordon, The Urban Spectator: American Concept-Cities from Kodak to Google (2010), Photography and Culture 5, no. 1 (March 2012): 113-116.
  • “Nativist Movement,” and “Venturi, Robert,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History, vol. 2, eds. Joan Rubin and Scott Casper, series ed. Paul Boyer (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), 57-59, 526-527.
  • NORDIK Annual Art History Conference, “A New Vision toward a New Architecture: MoMA, Moholy-Nagy, and the Medium of Modern Architectural Transformation,” for panel “Exhibitions and the Canon of Modern Architecture.” October 2012.
  • Co-editor with Amanda Graham, Invisible Culture 17, Special Issue, “Where Should I Begin”: Writing History Through Mad Men (May 2012), http://ivc.lib.rochester.edu/journal-archive/.
  • University of Alberta, Conference on Material Culture, Craft & Community: Negotiating Objects Across Time and Place, “The Domino Affect: Craft, Consumption, and Community.” June 2011.
  • Craftsman Farms Symposium for Emerging Scholars, “Not Just an Idyllic Walk in a Garden: Nativist Works of the American Arts and Crafts Movement.” April 2011.
  • College Art Association Annual Conference, Visual Culture Caucus-sponsored session, “Narrating Modernism: Sex and Gender.” Session Chair and Moderator. February 2011.
  • “Modernism in Architecure after 1945,” in World History Encyclopedia, eds. Alfred J. Andrea and Carolyn Neel (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2010).
  • College Art Association Annual Conference, Assoc. of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art, “Sowing the Seeds of Nativism and Eugenics in America: Domestic Arts and Anti-Immigrant Political Action.” February 2010.
  • Chris Youssef and Erin Leary, “Hazards at Home?” in Plastics: Looking at the Future and Learning from the Past, eds. Brenda Keneghan and Louise Egan (London: Archetype, 2008), 153-159.
Fellowships, Grants and Awards
  • Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, University of Rochester, 2013-2014
  • Douglass Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship in American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012-2013
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
  • Aisla Mellon Bruce Predoctoral Fellowship for Historians of American Art to Travel Abroad, Center for the Advanced Study in Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art
  • MA, History of Decorative Arts and Design, The New School University, 2008 Certificate, Gender and Women’s Studies, Susan B. Anthony Institute, University of Rochester, 2013
Teaching/Curatorial Experience
  • Instructor, Parsons, The New School for Design, 2010-present
  • Instructor, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 2010-present