Peter Christensen

Peter Christensen

  • Arthur Satz Professor of the Humanities
  • Professor of Art and Art History
  • Associate Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Ani and Mark Gabrellian Director, Humanities Center
  • Director, Andrew W. Mellon Program in the Digital Humanities

PhD, Harvard University, 2014

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(585) 276-7173


Curriculum Vitae

Research Overview

My research interests include: 19th and 20th century international architectural history, particularly of Central, Southeastern Europe and Ottoman and post-Ottoman lands; history and aesthetics of infrastructure and industry; materiality and ecocriticism; critical digital humanities; primary research.

Research Interests

  • 19th and 20th century architectural history, particularly Europe and North America’s international engagement with the Islamic world
  • history and aesthetics of infrastructure and industry
  • historicism
  • cartography and architecture
  • critical digital humanities

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  •  Architecture and Environment
  •  Art, Design, and the Law
  •  Introduction to Modern Architecture
  •  Islamic Architecture in Context
  •  The Art of Industry
  •  The Art of Infrastructure
  •  Orientalism in Art and Architecture
  •  The City: Contested Spaces
  •  Introduction to Global Architecture
  •  Materiality in Architecture
  •  Topics in Architectural Theory
  •  Art New York Colloquium

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Selected Publications

Selected Awards and Fellowships

  • 2021-22. University of Rochester Research Award ($53,695)
  • 2021-22. John Solomon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship ($50,000)
  • 2021-22. Membership, Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies ($44,000)
  • 2021. Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Visual Arts ($5,000)
  • 2020-21. Gerda Henkel Stiftung Fellowship ($71,539)
  • 2020. Visiting Humanist, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic (postponed due to COVID-19)
  • 2019-20. National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship ($60,000)
  • 2019. University of Rochester, Pump Primer II Award ($27,473)
  • 2019. Richard Rogers Fellowship (London), Harvard Graduate School of Design ($25,000)
  • 2019. New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA) Grant for Architecture ($10,000)
  • 2018-22. Central New York Humanities Corridor Working Group Grant (with Cornell University, $15,000)
  • 2016-17. Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin / Forum Transregionale Studien, Postdoctoral Fellowship ($27,000)
  • 2016. SAH / Mellon Author Award for Germany and the Ottoman Railway Network: Art, Empire, and Infrastructure ($4,365)
  • 2016. University of Rochester, Humanities Center Faculty Fellowship ($47,000)
  • 2016. National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend ($6,000)
  • 2015. University of Rochester, University Research Award Award ($50,000)
  • 2015. CHOICE recognition for Architecturalized Asia as an Outstanding Academic Title of 2014
  • 2014-16. Mellon Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative Grant ($20,000)
  • 2014-16. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship / Lectureship, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University (declined, $100,000)
  • 2011-12. Fulbright Scholarship (Germany, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Zentrum Moderner Orient, $25,000)
  • 2010. Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Language Study Grant (Goethe Institut Hamburg, $2,800)
  • 2010. Spiro Kostof Fellowship, Society of Architectural Historians ($1,000)
  • 2009. Cornell University Leopold Eidlitz Travel Fellowship
  • 2007. The Museum of Modern Art, Lee Tenenbaum Award for outstanding staff