The biennial Dissertation Colloquium brings together a select group of doctoral students from diverse institutional and disciplinary backgrounds working on dissertation topics related to the history, theory, and criticism of American architecture, urbanism, and landscape.
Daniel Abramson is Professor of Architectural History and Director of Architectural Studies at Boston University. He is the author of three monographs, most recently Obsolescence: An Architectural History (Chicago, 2016), as well as being co-editor of Writing Architectural History: Evidence and Narrative in the Twenty-First Century (Pittsburgh, 2021), his second volume with the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative of which he is also a founding director. Current work relates to the architecture of American government centers, citizenship, the state, and capitalism since 1900.
Matthew L. Jones is the James R. Barker Professor of Contemporary Civilization at Columbia University, where he focuses on the history of science and technology in early modern Europe and on recent information technologies. With his collaborator Chris Wiggins, he is completing How Data Happened, a history of the science, politics, and power of data, statistics, and machine learning from the 1800s to the present, to appear from Norton soon. Chicago published his Reckoning with Matter: Calculating Machines, Innovation, and Thinking about Thinking from Pascal to Babbage in 2016.
Michael Osman is Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA where he currently directs the MA and PhD programs in architectural history. He is the author of Modernism’s Visible Hand: Architecture and Regulation in America (Minneapolis, 2018), as well as a co-editor of Writing Architectural History: Evidence and Narrative in the Twenty-First Century (Pittsburgh, 2021), developed under the auspices of the Aggregate Architectural History collaborative. His current work focuses on the political economies of construction.