I am a professor of design history and theory, an avid basketball fan, and a Jersey City dweller. I received my BS in Industrial Design from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and an MA in the History of Design & Curatorial Studies, offered jointly by Parsons, School of Design and Cooper Hewitt, The Smithsonian Museum of Design. I currently teach a range of courses (History of Industrial Design, History of Furniture, Ethnographic Research for Design Process and other research seminars) at Parsons School of Design, New Jersey Institute of Technology & Kean University. I have previously written about designs and the people who design them (as well as the schools that have educated those people) for various outlets such as Metropolis Magazine, TL Magazine, Archdaily and The Cooper Hewitt.
The focus of my recent research surrounds both historical and contemporary pedagogical models employed in undergraduate design education, specifically the integration of critical studies to practical studio training. My other research involves labor histories, American popular cultures and class identity issues found in the mass manufacturing of everyday objects. I have always been fascinated by the sociological role that objects play in our everyday lives, facilitating our public and private lives as well as how the manufacturing (or making) of these objects facilitates cultural exchanges globally, economic structures in trade & commodities, and how labor forces are organized around them.