Rebecca Houze

Rebecca Houze

Ph.D., University of Chicago
Professor, Art History
Design and Decorative Arts
Office: Art Building 201F
Phone: (815) 753-1320 
rhouze@niu.edu

Professor Rebecca Houze is a specialist in the history of design and the decorative arts, with an emphasis on textiles and dress. She received her B.A. from the University of Washington (1993) and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (1994, 2000). Her research centers on the relationship between art, industry, collection, and display in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Professor Houze is author of Textiles, Fashion, and Design Reform in Austria-Hungary Before the First World War: Principles of Dress (Ashgate, 2015), and New Mythologies in Design and Culture: Reading Signs and Symbols in the Visual Landscape (Bloomsbury, 2016). She has published her work over the years in Journal of Design History, Design Issues, Fashion Theory, Textile, and Centropa, and is co-editor of The Design History Reader (Berg, 2010).

In addition to her regular courses in the history of modern art and design Professor Houze teaches special topics, honors, and graduate seminar courses, including Vienna 1900: Art and Culture at the Fin-de-Siècle, National Internationalism: The World’s Fair, and What is Design History? Her current research project investigates the relationship between world’s fairs and national parks in Europe and North America at the turn of the twentieth century.

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