Colin Fanning (MA ‘13, current PhD candidate) recently published a research article titled, “Constructed Pasts: Narratives of Home, History, and Otherness in LEGO” in The Public Historian. The article unpacks how LEGO’s product designs, marketing, and theme park operations have commodified historical inequities, giving tangible form to stereotypes of a racially unmarked European past, colonial encounters with the “uncivilized,” and the gendering of domestic space and construction play.

PhD student Emma McClendon recently wrote an article about Halston for London’s Independent newspaper, timed to coincide with the launch of Nexflix’s new series about the designer starring Ewan McGregor.

PhD candidate Sarah Scaturro was featured in the first episode of PBS’s Inside the Met! Scaturro also recently received a Craft Research Fund project grant from the Center for Craft for “The Role of Craft in the Development of Textile Conservation in the United States.”

PhD student Kate Sekules recently gave a paper entitled “Mend More Buy Less: Repair–Making as Activism” at the Association of Dress Historians’ New Research in Dress History Conference.

PhD student Courtney Stewart facilitated a collaborative project between the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MIT Libraries to make historical images of Islamic architecture from the Met’s collection available on the website