Rachel Remmel.

Rachel Remmel

  • Assistant Dean and Director, Teaching Center

PhD, University of Chicago

208A Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-4367

Office Hours: By appointment via the Bookings page accessed via my course on Blackboard

Research Overview

Research Interests

  • Architectural history
  • museum studies
  • 19th-century US art history and history
  • social power
  • institutional history
  • building types such as schools and houses
  • artistic practice
  • the construction of the categories of art and artist
  • theories about the formative power of architecture

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  •  Introduction to Modern Architecture
  •  African-American Visual Culture
  •  Architecture of American Houses
  •  Art and the Culture Wars

Selected Publications

  • “The Audiences for School Architecture: Projecting Civic Virtue in Boston, 1847-1860,” in Peter Benes, ed., Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife 2015 Annual Proceedings: Schooldays in New England, 1650-1900 (Deerfield, MA: Historic Deerfield, 2018), 100-113
  • “‘Those Ladies of Finest Culture… Are Truly Our Working Women’: Gender Unity, Class Fractures, and the South Kensington Museum Model in Cincinnati, 1876-1890,” Journal of Women’s History Vol. 29 No. 2 (Summer 2017)
  • “The Spaces of the Schoolhouse and the City: Gender and Class in Boston Education, 1830-1832,” The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Vol. 7 No. 2 (Spring 2014)
  • “Book Review: Kate Darian-Smith and Julie Willis, eds. Designing Schools: Space, Place and Pedagogy (NY: Routledge, 2017),” History of Education Quarterly 58 No. 1 (February 2018)
  • “Book Review: Jonathan Zimmerman, Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009),” Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum 19 No. 1 (Spring 2012), 120-22.


  • Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL, Small Grant, Field-Initiated Proposal, 2011-2012
  • Society of Architectural Historians, Chicago, IL, Scott Opler Emerging Scholar Fellowship for Membership, 2007
  • Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago, IL, Carter Manny Award (Dissertation Fellowship for Architectural Studies), 2005
  • Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies, NY, NY, Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in American Art, 2004-2005