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Itohan Osayimwese

Itohan Osayimwese teaches architectural history at Brown University and is an affiliate faculty member of Africana Studies and a faculty fellow at the Joukowsky Institute of Archaeology. Her research engages with theories of modernity, postcoloniality, and globalization to analyze modern architecture, urban design, and visual culture in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Germany, East and West Africa, and the Caribbean. Her book, Colonialism and Modern Architecture in Germany received (Pittsburgh, 2017), received a 2016 Society of Architectural Historians/Mellon Foundation award. Current research projects include the effects of migration on the built environment of Barbados from emancipation to the twentieth century, the literary archive and translation in African architecture, tropical modernism and transnational networks of scientific expertise in post-independence Nigeria, and gender and the postcolonial modernist artistic avant-garde in Nigeria. Professor Osayimwese sits on the board of the Society of Architectural Historians and is a member of the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative.

Professor Osayimwese welcomes interest from potential graduate students interested in pursuing research on colonial and postcolonial architecture and urbanism and global modernism with regional foci including Africa, the Caribbean, Australia, and South and Southeast Asia.