Pat Kirkham

Europe and USA, c.1750-2000
Histories of Design, Architecture and Objects
Material Culture, Film, Gender

PhD. History (University of London)
B.A. History (University of Leeds)

For many years my two main areas of research were furniture and interior design, and issues of gender and class (across a wide range of design and film related topics). My more recent work has focused on design and film (separately and together) in the USA in the twentieth century. I have also worked closely with directors making films about design and designers, including Charles and Ray Eames: the architect and the painter (PBS December 2011). My most recent publications are listed below. Others include Women Designers in the USA, 1900-200: Diversity and Difference 2000, Charles and Ray Eames: Designers of the Twentieth Century, 1995, The Gendered Object 1996, and You Tarzan: Masculinity, Movies, and Men, 1993 and Me Jane: Masculinity, Movies, and Women, 19950 (both with Janet Thumim). Fellowships received include The Getty, The Royal College of Art, London, the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust.

Selected Recent Projects:

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Pat Kirkham's courses include:

622 From “Wild Things” to “A Sense of Things”: Issues in Design History and Material Culture Studies
754 Film and Design in Hollywood
797 Gender Issues in Design
798 Charles Rennie Mackintosh
824 Twentieth-Century Interiors
835 Charles and Ray Eames: Design, Architecture, Exhibitions, Films, and Multimedia Presentations, c. 1940-1978
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