Portrait of Makker

Kirin J MakkerProfessor of American Studies; Chair, American Studies

Joined faculty in 2008

Ph.D., Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.Arch., University of Maryland College Park
M.A., English Language and Literature, University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.A., English Language and Literature, minor in history, University of Texas Austin

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Scholarly Interest

Kirin J. Makker is Associate Professor of American Studies at Hobart William Smith Colleges. Trained as an architect, educated as a scholar in critical space theory, and an artist at heart, Makker works to bridge not only disciplines but their methods of producing knowledge.  At her institution, she teaches courses on storytelling, power and space, using drawing, sewing and performance art to investigate complex scholarly questions in real time and space. Her research on these topics takes several forms, including regular work on an ongoing participatory art projects, exhibiting her artwork in juried shows, and producing scholarly writing on women’s and black history in design and urban planning. To see what she’s working on and what her students are making, follow her Instagram @kirinmakker