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Kathleen James-Chakraborty

Full Professor
School of Art History and Cultural Policy
01 716 8148
University College Dublin, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


Kathleen James-Chakraborty has been Professor of Art History at UCD since 2007. From 2007 to 2010 she served as Head of the UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy. A graduate of Yale, James-Chakraborty earned her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at the University of Minnesota, at the University of California Berkeley, where she was Professor of Architecture, and at the Ruhr University Bochum, where she was a Mercator guest professor. She spent the autumn semesters of 2015 and 2016 at the Yale School of Architecture as the Vincent Scully Visiting Professor of Architectural History. Elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 2011, she is currently on the board of the Chester Beatty Library and of the National Museum of Ireland. She was from 2012 to 2015 the Chair of the Board of the Irish Architecture Foundation. She organised the fourth international conference of the European Architectural History Network, held in Dublin Castle on 2-4 June 2016. Since 2016 she has delivered plenary or keynote lectures in Dessau, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Guangzhou, and Paris, lectured at Columbia, Cornell, IIT Kanpur, MIT, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Pennsylvania, and delivered conferences papers at Cambridge, Jawaharlal Nehru and Leiden universities. James-Chakraborty is a historian of early modern and modern architecture. She is an expert on twentieth-century German and American modernism. She is particularly interested in addition in modern sacred architecture, in nonwestern modernism, and in the relationship between modernism and modernity. She received an IRCHSS Senior Fellowship to research her book Modernism as Memory: Building Identity in the Federal Republic of Germany. James-Chakrabortty's previous books include Erich Mendelsohn and the Architecture of German Modernism (Cambridge, 1997), German Architecture for a Mass Audience (Routledge, 2000) and Architecture since 1400 (Minnesota, 2014; Guangxi, 2017). She is the editor of India in Art in Ireland (Routledge, 2016) and Bauhaus Culture from Weimar to the Cold War (Minnesota, 2006). Her articles have appeared in German Politics and Society, the Journal of Architectural Education, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, and New German Critique. She has contributed to the catalogues of exhibitions held at the Barbican (London), Folkwang Museum (Essen), the German Architectural Museum (Frankfurt), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Martin Gropius Bau (Berlin), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Architecture Biennale (Venice), as well as more than a dozen edited books.


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  • French
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  • German
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