Kristina Borrman
Assistant Teaching Professor

Ph.D. Art History, University of California, Los Angeles; M.A. Art History, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. History of Art, University of California, Berkeley

Kristina Borrman returns to the School of Architecture in Fall 2021 as an Assistant Teaching Professor of Architecture History and Theory. Borrman will continue to teach global surveys of architecture history as well as electives based on her interests in vernacular architecture, real estate, public space, material culture, and everyday life. Last year, Borrman taught a seminar titled “Race, Gender, Space,” which explored the role of everyday spaces in the construction and maintenance of racial and gender identities.

Prior to joining Syracuse University, Borrman taught architecture survey courses at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), while writing her dissertation “Planning the American Neighborhood: The Science of Sociability at the Dawning of Desegregation (1933-1965),” which describes the scientific study of segregated housing in the time period between the New Deal and Civil Rights eras. Broadly speaking, Borrman’s scholarship focuses on the relationship between the built environment and the instantiation of social identity in the modern world. By approaching 20th-century world history within the context of architecture, she examines everyday life—the ethics of ordinary choices— to reveal ways in which race, class and space are mutually constitutive.

Borrman’s research has been supported by the University of California Humanities Research Institute and through fellowships from research libraries at the University of Michigan, University of Wyoming, University of California, Berkeley, and Cornell University. Borrman earned Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in art history at UCLA in 2020 and 2015, respectively. She also earned a B.A. in art history from UC Berkeley in 2012.