Articles & Essays

“The Fragile Frontier: Design in the Second Space Age,” in Designs for Different Futures, edited by Kathryn B. Hiesinger, et al. (New Haven and London: Yale University Press in association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Walker Art Center, and Art Institute of Chicago, forthcoming 2019).

"Building Kids: LEGO and the Commodification of Creativity" in Childhood by Design: Toys and the Material Culture of Childhood, 1700­–Present, edited by Megan Brandow-Faller (London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018): 89–109

"Art Colonies," "Art Deco," "Arts and Crafts Movement," and "Arts of Wharton Esherick," in The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, edited by Charlene Mires (Camden, NJ: Rutgers University-Camden, 2009–), 2015–16.

With Rebecca Mir, "Teaching Tools: Progressive Pedagogy and the History of Construction Play," in Understanding Minecraft: Essays on Play, Community and Possibilities, edited by Nate Garrelts (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014): 38–56.

"Biographies," in Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital, edited by Ronald T. Labaco (New York: Museum of Arts and Design; London: Black Dog Publishing, 2013): 286–95.

Oral history interview with Paul J. Smith (Director Emeritus, Museum of Arts and Design), April 24, 2013, in Bard Graduate Center Craft, Art and Design Oral History Project.

"The Plastic System: Architecture, Childhood, and LEGO 1949–2012," MA Qualifying Paper, Bard Graduate Center, April 2013.

"Object Lessons," Metropolis, October 2012: 23–24.

"Robots Revisited," MADblog, Museum of Arts and Design, August 7, 2012. [link via Wayback Machine]

Book & Exhibition Reviews

"C.F.A. Voysey: Arts & Crafts Designer by Karen Livingstone, Max Donnelly, and Linda Parry; The Decorative Designs of C.F.A. Voysey, revised edition, by Stuart Durant," in Journal of Design History, Vol. 31, No. 2 (May 2018): 204–7.

"LEGO Play on Display: The Art of the Brick and The Collectivity Project," in Response: The Digital Journal of Popular Culture Scholarship, No. 1 (November 2016).

"Exhibition Review: Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840," in The Magazine of the Decorative Arts Trust, Summer 2015: 10.

"Representing Architecture [review of Aesthetics / Anesthetics at Storefront for Art and Architecture]," in Point of View (blog), Metropolis, July 24, 2012.

"Book Review: Straphanger [by Taras Grescoe]," in Point of View (blog), Metropolis, July 18, 2012.

Conference Papers & Invited Talks

Chair, Exhibitions and Museum Practice Roundtable, North Eastern Public Humanities Consortium Annual Symposium, Boston, April 2019.

“Corporations and Countercultures: Postwar Graphic Design,” for Highlights in the History of Graphic Design public education course, Bard Graduate Center, April 2019.

“Partners in Pedagogy: Katherine McCoy, Michael McCoy, and the Cranbrook Design Program, 1971–1995,”, Parsons/Cooper Hewitt Graduate Symposium, Narratives of Collaborative Design, New York, April 2019.

Panelist, “Career Conversation: Collecting, Curating, and Exhibiting Craft and Design,” Bard Graduate Center, September 2018.

“Sound Construction: Materiality, Musicality, and the Folk Harp in the Postwar United States,” Interactive Research Session, Shared Ground: Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Craft Studies symposium, Museum of Arts and Design and Bard Graduate Center, September 2018.

"'The Indispensable Agent': Coal Between Art and Industry in Victorian Britain,” Design and Displacement, Design History Society Conference, New York, September 2018.

Convener and panelist, "Toys in Context: Sweden, Scandinavia, and the Digital Experience," Bard Graduate Center Gallery, November 2015. [invited]

"Craftsmanship, Aesthetics and the Folk Harp in North America," Decorative Arts and Design Session, Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA) Annual Conference, Philadelphia, November 2015.

"Building Kids: Design, Creativity, and LEGO," Toys and Childhood: Playing with Design symposium, Bard Graduate Center, September 2015. [invited]

"Furnishing Fun: LEGO and the Domestic Interior," Making a Home: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Domestic Interior, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, May 2015.

With Rebecca Mir, "Playthings, Pedagogy, and Punching Trees: Minecraft in the History of Construction Play," Decorative Arts and Design Session, MAPACA Annual Conference, Baltimore, November 2014.

"The Plastic System: Architecture, Childhood, and LEGO 1949–2013," New Perspectives in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture, Bard College, November 2013. [invited]

"'Ireland This Year': Paul Henry’s Posters for the London, Midland & Scottish Railway," Decorative Arts and Design Session, MAPACA Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, November 2012.


Interview and appearance in history comic on the English country house and ornamental hermits: Maki Naro, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Tasteless,” The Nib, April 24, 2017.

Interview (unquoted) on LEGO, construction play, and design for childhood: Genevieve Smith, “Lego Is the Perfect Toy: Even if no one can really agree on what kind of toy it is anymore,” New York Magazine, November 28, 2016.

Interview (quoted) on Minecraft and the history of construction play: Clive Thompson, “The Minecraft Generation: How a Clunky Swedish Computer Game is Teaching Millions of Children to Master the Digital World,” New York Times Magazine, April 17, 2016.

Filmed interview on the history of Arts and Crafts movement: Articulate with Jim Cotter, “Roomful of Teeth, Artisanal Makers, Kandace Springs,” PBS, October 11, 2016, written by Jim Cotter and Tori Marchiony, produced by Aaron Lemle.

Interview (quoted) on historical and contemporary Scandinavian design: Megan Ritchie Jooste, “What JFK, an IKEA Chair, and Minecraft All Have in Common,” Curbed Philly, July 1, 2015.                                     

Research interview (uncredited) on the history of LEGO and construction toys: The Culture Show, “Lego—The Building Blocks of Architecture,” BBC Two, February 7, 2014, directed by Jude Ho.

Student commencement address, 155th Commencement Exercises, Syracuse University, May 10, 2009. Covered in The Daily Orange.