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Sewell, Jessica

Jessica Sewell

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Jessica Sewell?s research focuses on the relationships between gender and architecture, urban space, and material culture. Her book Women and the Everyday City: Public Space in San Francisco, 1890-1915 (University of Minnesota, 2011) explores how gendered public spaces were imagined, built, and used between 1890 and 1915, making visible the interdependence between changes in the everyday lives of women, the urban cultural landscape, and gender ideology. Her current research looks at the question of men in private space, focusing on the bachelor pad as a site of masculine fantasy and an urbanized counterpoint to the suburban home in the 1950s-60s United States. She is also author of the app Exploring Suzhou, which provides a cultural landscapes tour of the Chinese city of Suzhou. This app is being used to enrich the teaching in large-enrollment classes in Architecture and Urban Planning and Design at Xi?an Jiaotong-Liverpool University.

Selected Publications

Sewell Jessica , O'Brien Sorcha , Moran Anna , Emotion, Design, and Material Culture, ; Berg. () 63-71 |

Sewell Jessica E, Unpacking the Bachelor Pad, ; The Institute Letter. 2012(0) |

Sewell Jessica E, Women and the Everyday City: Public Space in San Francisco, 1890-1915, ; University of Minnesota Press. () |