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Christina G. Cogdell <email@example.com>
College of Santa Fe
My special area of interest and expertise is U.S. cultural history of the 1930s with regards to popular interest in eugenics and the history of art, architecture and industrial design (streamlining in particular).
I am curator of an exhibit on streamline design and eugenics that should open at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe early in 2008, tentatively called Future Perfect: Streamline Design and Eugenics in the 1930s.
I am also currently researching imagery from the U.S. world's fairs of the 1930s to analyze how the "modern body" or "body of the future" was figured and displayed, in what contexts and with what rhetoric (with a particular eye to eugenic notions of fitness and progress). This research will be used for an essay I am writing for an exhibition catalogue for a show on U.S. World's Fairs of the 1930s at the National Building Museum.
|Address:||1735 Jay Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
|List Affiliations:||Advisory Board Member for H-Eugenics
|Interests:||American History / Studies
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
My degrees are in American Studies (BA, University of Texas at Austin; MA, University of Notre Dame) and Art History (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin).
I have published 2 articles and 1 book dealing with the history of eugenics and design in the U.S. during the 1930s. These are:
Eugenic Design: Streamlining America in the 1930s (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004);
"Products or Bodies? Streamline Design and Eugenics as Applied Biology," Design Issues (Winter 2003);
"The Futurama Recontextualized: Norman Bel Geddes's Eugenic 'World of Tomorrow,'" American Quarterly (June 2000): 193-246.
I regularly speak on related topics at the annual convention of the American Studies Association, and participate as well in the College Art Association, Society for Architectural Historians, and the Society for Literature, Science and Art.