Associate Professor of Art and Architecture Kirin Makker joined a panel of other experts on Connecticut Public Radio’s Colin McEnroe Show to explore the reality and mythology of small town America.
During the episode, “The Agony and Ecstasy of Life in a Small Town,” which was initially broadcast in 2017 and rebroadcast this July, Makker and the other panelists discussed the ways small towns developed and exist today, as well as the idealized Rockwellian image of Main Street and where that image abuts reality.
In 2013, Makker received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship as part of the Winterthur Research Fellowship Program. That fellowship enabled her to compile an archive-based history examining planning and economic development in small towns (populations of 200 to 40,000) between 1870 and 1930. This research provided much of the material for several chapters of her book project, The Myths of Main Street.
Makker earned her B.A. in English language and literature from the University of Texas Austin; an M.A. in English language and literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst; and an M.Arch. from the University of Maryland College Park. She earned her Ph.D. in regional planning from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her doctoral dissertation explored the cultural and physical roots of the American small town and the impact of the Laurel Hill Association on the dominant ideas about the American small town.