History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Elizabeth Deans

Elizabeth Deans

Elizabeth Deans

Assistant Director

Materiality and Objectivity of Architecture, Design drawing, and Interiors

Elizabeth is the Assistant Director and professor teaching survey courses in the history of decorative arts and seminars in design history and material culture. Her courses explore interdisciplinary relationships between decorative arts, design, and material culture, investigating themes like mimesis, Sachlichkeit, object culture, and interiority. Her research is primarily concerned materiality and objectivity of 18th-century European and American architecture and design.

Courses Taught

Survey of Decorative Arts and Design (1450-1750)

Survey of Decorative Arts and Design (1750-Present)

Survey of Ceramics

The Home: History and Theory of an Idea

Design Drawing for the Decorative Arts



MA Parsons/Cooper-Hewitt, History of Decorative Arts and Design

BA University of Maryland, Design Studies, Architectural History