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Carma Gorman

Associate Professor, Design (Affiliated Faculty, Art History)


Carma Gorman is an Associate Professor in the School of Design and Creative Technologies. She earned a B.A. in Art History at Carleton College and a Ph.D. in the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the board of directors of the College Art Association, a former associate editor of the journal Design and Culture, and a past president of the Design Studies Forum.

Gorman’s primary-source anthology, The Industrial Design Reader (2003) appears on reading lists at numerous U.S. and foreign universities. She has published reviews and articles on U.S. design of the long twentieth century in American Quarterly, Design and Culture, Design Issues, Journal of Design History, Studies in the Decorative Arts, and Winterthur Portfolio. Her American Quarterly article on body mechanics and streamlining was one of ten essays reprinted in the Organization of American Historians’ anthology The Best American History Essays 2008. She is currently completing a book manuscript that surveys how the USA’s globally peculiar laws, regulations, and standards have shaped the national character of American industrial design from 1890 to the present.