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profile-picJulia Walker

Assistant Professor

Office: Fine Arts 343A
Phone: (607) 777-3810
Specialization: Modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism; architectural theory; social and political memory in postwar German visual culture.

Julia Walker received her MA (2004) and PhD (2009) in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania. She served as a visiting assistant professor at Binghamton in 2008-2009 before returning to the department in 2011. Professor Walker’s research addresses the vexed relationship between architecture and memory in postwar Europe, focusing particularly on Berlin’s rapid transformation after the fall of the Wall. Her dissertation revealed the nostalgic romanticism underlying the apparently hyper-modern reconstruction of the German capital’s government district. She is currently at work on a book manuscript titled Notes from the Underground: Excavating Germany’s Twentieth-Century Graffiti, which juxtaposes different registers of visual culture (from preserved Gestapo prison walls to recent official memorials) to show how graffiti works as a counter-discourse to received narratives of German history. Her work has been supported by the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst and the Society of Architectural Historians.


Notes from the Underground: Excavating Germany’s Twentieth-Century Graffiti. Book manuscript (in progress).

“Mehr Licht? The Reichstag’s Perpetual Unveiling.” Article manuscript.

“Encountering the Uncanny in Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum.” In Crossing Cultures: Conflict, Migration, Convergence, edited by Jaynie Anderson, 1062-1065. Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne University Press, 2009.

“Louis H. Sullivan and his Prairie School Legacy: The Midwestern Banks and other Prairie School Masterpieces.” Newsletter of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 (October 2006): 3-6

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Lecture Courses

Introduction to Architecture (100 level)

American Architecture (200 level)

Architectural Theory since 1960 (300 level)

Architecture and Corporeality (300 level)

Graduate and Undergraduate Seminars

Picturing the City: Art, Architecture, and Urbanism in Berlin since 1750





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Last Updated: 7/29/11