Dean, The Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University
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B.A., Comparative Literature, Columbia College, 1990
M.A., English, Columbia University, 1992
Ph.D., English, Columbia University, 1999
Victoria Rosner is the Dean of the Gallatin School. She works on nineteenth and twentieth century literature in English, with a special interest in modernism across diverse forms of cultural production, especially literature, architecture, and design. Her most recent book is Machines for Living: Modernism and Domestic Life (Oxford University Press, 2020). She is also the author of Modernism and the Architecture of Private Life (Columbia University Press, 2005), and has edited two volumes, The Cambridge Companion to the Bloomsbury Group (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and The Global and the Intimate: Feminism in Our Time (Columbia University Press, 2012; with Geraldine Pratt). She has been a guest editor for journals including Signs, WSQ, and The Scholar and Feminist. In addition to her scholarly work, Rosner has several public projects on gender in the professions. She is a founding co-editor of the web-based archive Pioneering Women of American Architecture, a project that recovers the histories of US women architects born before 1940. Beginning in 2018, Rosner also co-directed Frontline Nurses: Leaders in Pandemic Response, an oral history project on the role of nurses and midwives in pandemic outbreaks. Rosner’s work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Difference, and more. She is the winner of the Modernist Studies Association Book Prize (for Modernism and the Architecture of Private Life). Rosner is the co-editor of Gender and Culture, the pre-eminent book series in English on gender and literary studies (published by Columbia University Press). Rosner taught previously at Columbia University, where she served as Dean of Academic Affairs at Columbia School of General Studies, as well as at Texas A&M University.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has selected Pioneering Women of American Architecture, an initiative co-directed by NYU Gallatin Dean Victoria Rosner, as the recipient of a $100,000 grant to support media projects. The initiative—which Rosner co-directs with Mary McLeod with support from the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation(BWAF)—documents the previously unwritten history of early women architects in the United States.
A 2012 seed grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) initially funded Pioneering Women of American Architecture. New Angle: Voice, a podcast that the NEH grant will support, is the latest iteration of the project. Hosted by BWAF Executive Director Cynthia Phifer Kracauer, AIA, each episode of the podcast features discussions about the lives and careers of the women architects featured on the Pioneering Women website, each born before 1940, a time when women struggled for professional opportunities and recognition.
Says Rosner, “Receiving support from first the NEA and now the NEH highlights the centrality of women to the story of American architecture. We are trying to make space with this work for greater inclusiveness in thinking about the history of our buildings and our cities.” Upcoming episodes of the podcast will feature modernist industrial designer Ray Eames, Azurest South architect Amaza Lee Meredith, and inventor and suffragist Anna Wagner Keichline.
About Victoria Rosner:
Rosner began her current role as Dean of NYU Gallatin following ten years as Dean of Academic Affairs at Columbia University’s School of General Studies. Her books include Machines for Living: Modernism and Domestic Life (Oxford UP, 2020) and Modernism and the Architecture of Private Life (Columbia UP, 2005).
modernist studies; interdisciplinary approaches to literature; architecture and design; gender studies; history of private life; professional cultures; philanthropy and social difference
AWARDS AND HONORS
In 2022, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) selected Pioneering Women of American Architecture, an initiative co-directed by Victoria Rosner, as the recipient of a $100,000 grant to support media projects. The initiative—which Rosner co-directs with Mary McLeod with support from the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF)—documents the previously unwritten history of early women architects in the United States.