Jessica Larson

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Research Interests

  • Major: Architecture 1750-1900
  • Minor: Art of the United States 1750-1945 art, visual culture, and architecture of the long nineteenth century
  • Black architectural history, the architecture of charity and reform, print culture, American vernacular architecture, women's social history.


  • B.A., Art History and History, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • M.A., Art History, University of Delaware


Jessica is a doctoral candidate in the Art History Department. Her dissertation examines the architecture of charitable and reform institutions designed and built in Manhattan for Black aid recipients between the Civil War and World War I. Previously, she has been the Joe and Wanda Corn Predoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Museum of American History, a Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellow in American Art, a CUNY Dissertation Fellow at the NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, among others. Jessica has a strong interest in visual culture and how architecture and space are represented graphically; she has held graduate curatorial internships in print rooms at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Princeton University Art Museum, and worked as a Research Associate at the Bruce Museum.