Articles & Essays

"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]


"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

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.