Kirin J. Makker is an Assistant Professor of Architectural Studies at Hobart William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. This blog is her “thinkspace” for a book she’s writing called, The Myths of Main Street. During 2013-2014, her research is being supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities residential fellowship at Winterthur Library and Museum in Delaware. Other fellowships she has secured to support this research include Columbia University Library Research Grant, a Wardlaw Fellowship from Baylor University, and a Hagley Library exploratory grant. She posts a few times/year about her ongoing research related to this project. To learn more about the book, go here.
Kirin holds three advanced degrees: an M.A. in English Language and Literature (UMass Amherst), an M.Arch. (UMaryland College Park), and a Ph.D. in Regional Planning (UMass Amherst). Way back, when she was an undergraduate at the University of Texas (Austin), she studied English and History. Besides this project, she is finishing a book about the history of the village improvement movement in the United States (forthcoming from the Library of American Landscape History).
At Hobart William Smith (HWS) she teaches architectural design, visual communication, and American planning history, where she has been on the faculty in the Department of Art and Architecture since 2008. Before teaching at HWS, she taught at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts (2004-2008). To learn more about the architectural studies program in which she teaches, go to http://www.hws.edu/academics/architecture. To read more about her teaching and creative practice, see her Faculty bio on the HWS website.