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Gabrielle Esperdy


Gabrielle Esperdy is an architectural and urban historian working on the intersection of architecture, consumerism, and modernism in metropolitan landscapes. She is particularly interested in minor or everyday buildings and in the ways that social, economic, and political issues shape the built environment, both historically and today. Gabrielle’s research also looks at the architecture profession as it is shaped by social and cultural concerns, including gender, ethnicity, and class. She is the author of Modernizing Main Street (University of Chicago Press, 2008) and American Autopia (University of Virginia Press, 2019). She is Editor of SAH Archipedia/Buildings of the United States and is Professor of Architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where she has taught since 2001.