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Peter Christensen

Peter Christensen

  • Associate Professor of Art History

PhD, Harvard University, 2014

516 Morey Hall
(585) 276-7173


Research Overview

My research interests include: 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.

Digital Research Project

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  •  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

Selected Publications

  • Germany and the Ottoman Railways: Art , Empire and Infrastructure, Yale University Press, 2017
  • Buffalo at the Crossroads, Cornell University Press, forthcoming 2018
  • The International Journal of Islamic Architecture, vol. 4 no. 2 (2015), guest editor for special issue on the theme of expertise in the architecture of the Islamic world since 1800
  • Architecturalized Asia: Mapping a Continent Through History, with Vimalin Rujivacharakul, Hazel Hahn and Ken Tadashi Oshima (eds.), University of Hawai’i Press, 2013
  • Instigations: Engaging Architecture, Landscape and the City, with Mohsen Mostafavi (eds.), Lars Müller, 2012
  • Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling, with Barry Bergdoll (eds.), The Museum of Modern Art, 2008