Paul A. Ranogajec is an art and architectural historian with a Ph.D. from the City University of New York. His writing covers architecture, urban design, and the visual arts from the Renaissance to the present, with special focus on the nineteenth century. Paul’s research interests include the relation of architecture and urbanism to citizenship; connections between architecture and rhetoric; the tradition of classicism; and concepts of nature, naturalism, ecology, and environment. He works at the Open Society Foundations.

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Curriculum Vitae


- Education -

Ph.D. in art history, City University of New York, 2014 (Dissertation: "Apotheosis of the Public Realm: Civic Classicism in New York City's Architecture," adviser, Kevin D. Murphy)

M.A. in architectural history, University of Virginia, 2005

B.Arch. with minor in peace studies, University of Notre Dame, 2003


- Publications -

A. In Progress

Article: “Ten Ways of Interpreting American Beaux-Arts Architecture.”

Article: “Natural Classicism? Architecture, Nature, and Natural Law Theory”

B. Articles & Essays

“Scenes from the Water’s Edge: Civic Classicism and Urban Scenography at New York Harbor.” Under consideration.

“Scenography and Citizenship: The New York Public Library and Its Urbanism.” Under consideration.

“Stopping the Streets: The New York Public Library’s Terrace and the Art of the Urban Pause.“ In Architectures of Waiting in the City. In preparation.

"Paths to Traditionalism: How Today’s Classical Architects Learned their Art.” Traditional Building, February 2016.

Bookshelf: Paul A. Ranogajec,” Art Journal Open, October 28, 2015.

Partial Eclipse: Architecture in 19th-Century Art History.” Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art Newsletter 22, no. 2 (Fall 2015).

Contributions to Smarthistory at Khan Academy: “Soufflot, The Panthéon, Paris,” September 2014; “Olmsted and Vaux, Central Park,” May 2015; “Carrère & Hastings, The New York Public Library,” May 2015; “The Louvre Colonnade,” forthcoming 2015.

The Houses of Hyde Park.” Lake Michigan Shore, February 2013.

Louise Bourgeois,” “Mary Cassatt,” and “Eva Hesse.” In Encyclopedia of American Women’s History, edited by Hasia R. Diner. New York: Facts on File, 2012.

Covert Purposes” [review of “Scott Covert: ‘The Dead Supreme’” at Edelman Arts, New York]. Shore Newsletter, July 2012.

“American Domestic Architecture (1900-45),” “British Colonial Cities in the Americas,” and “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Domestic Architecture.” In World History Encyclopedia, edited by Alfred J. Andrea and Carolyn Neel. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011.

“Architecture” and “Iron and Steel.” In The Early Republic and Antebellum America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History, edited by Christopher G. Bates. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 2010; republished by Routledge, 2015.

Revaluing Victorian Art.” Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art Newsletter 16 (Spring 2009).

The Lure of Italy Endures.” Fine Art Connoisseur 4, no. 3 (May 2007).

George Gallo: Making Art with Brushes and Cameras.” Fine Art Connoisseur 3, no. 8 (September-October 2006).

“William and Mary Dressing Table,” “William and Mary High Chest,” and “Federal Sideboard.” In A Jeffersonian Ideal: Selections from the Henry C. Landon III Collection of American Fine and Decorative Arts, edited by Maurie D. McInnis. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Art Museum, 2005.

C. Reviews

Architecture, Liberty and Civic Order: Architectural Theories from Vitruvius to Jefferson and Beyond, by Carroll William Westfall (Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2015). Reviewed in Palladiana 10, no. 2 (Spring 2016).

The Cylinder: Kinematics of the Nineteenth Century, by Helmut Müller-Sievers (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012). Reviewed in Bryn Mawr Review of Comparative Literature, forthcoming 2016.

9.5 Theses on Art and Class, by Ben Davis (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2013); and Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture, by Gregory Sholette (London: Pluto Press, 2011). Reviewed in Working USA: Journal of Labor & Society 18, no. 4 (December 2015).

Abbott Miller: Design and Content, by Abbott Miller (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2014). Reviewed in The Designer’s Review of Books (June 2015).

Historic Places LA. Reviewed in ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews, June 2015.

Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming, by Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013). Reviewed in The Designer’s Review of Books (March 2015).

A Logo for London, by David Lawrence (London: Laurence King, 2013). Reviewed in The Designer’s Review of Books (December 2014).

The Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland: A History, by Annette Carruthers (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2013). Reviewed in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 13, no. 2 (Autumn 2014).

Out of the Blue: The Essence and Ambition of Finnish Design, edited by Marko Ahtisaari and Laura Houseley (Berlin: Gestalten, 2014). Reviewed in The Designer’s Review of Books (July 2014).

American Glamour and the Evolution of Modern Architecture, by Alice T. Friedman (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2010). Reviewed in Planning Perspectives 27, no. 1 (January 2012).

Great Public Squares: An Architect’s Selection, by Robert F. Gatje (New York: Norton, 2010). Reviewed in ARLIS/NA Reviews (August- September 2010).

Designing the Modern Interior: From the Victorians to Today, edited by Penny Sparke, et al. (Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2009). Reviewed in Southwest Journal of Cultures (July 2010).

The Sweet Smell of Home: The Life and Art of Leonard F. Chana, by Leonard F. Chana, Susan Lobo, and Barbara Chana (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2009). Reviewed in Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources (December 2009). (Website defunct).

Michelangelo, Drawing, and the Invention of Architecture, by Cammy Brothers (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008). Reviewed in Italian Culture 27, no. 2 (September 2009).


- Conferences & Symposia -

Conference panel: “What Is Architectural Scenography?” Under consideration, 2017.

Conference panel: “The Classical Column in Nineteenth-Century Architecture.” Under consideration, 2017.

Conference paper: “Architecture and the Shared Horizon of Citizenship.” Under consideration, 2016.

Invited lecture: “Scenography and Citizenship: Civic Classicism in New York after 1898.” Forthcoming, 2016.

Conference paper: “Beaux-Arts Urbanism and the Neo-Georgian in New York City.” Re-Appraising the Neo-Georgian 1880-1980, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, UK, May 2011.

Conference paper: “The Public Realm and Classical Architecture in New York, 1880-1920.” Annual symposium, Association of Historians of American Art, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY, October 2010.

Conference paper: “Virtue and Style in the Public Realm: The Space of Appearance and American Beaux-Arts Architecture.” Taking Up Space: An Interdisciplinary Conference, Duke University, Durham, NC, January 2010.

Symposium Organizer: New Perspectives on Architecture in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, CUNY Graduate Center, October 2009.

Symposium Co-organizer (organizer, Roberto C. Ferrari; co-organizer, Margaret R. Laster): Why Victorian Art? CUNY Graduate Center, February 2009.

Conference paper: “David Ligare, Carlo Maria Mariani, and the Imago Hominis in Postmodern Classicism.” Annual meeting, Southeastern College Art Conference, New Orleans, LA, September 2008.

Conference paper: “Classicism in the Modern City: The Paternoster Square Debate.” Annual meeting, Southern Conference on British Studies, Richmond, VA, November 2007.

Conference Co-organizer: Shadows of War, Visions of Peace, Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, March 2003.


- Teaching -

York College, CUNY (Jamaica, NY): Graduate Teaching Fellow, Fall 2006-Spring 2009; Adjunct instructor, Summer 2009-Fall 2012. Courses: Introduction to Art History; Cities and Urban Design in History; American Architecture to 1914; Indigenous and Colonial Art in Latin America; 16th-Century Italian Art

Mercy College (Bronx and Manhattan campuses, NY): Adjunct instructor, Fall 2007-Fall 2008. Courses: History of Western Art

Brooklyn College, CUNY (Brooklyn, NY): Adjunct instructor, Fall 2005-Spring 2006. Courses: Art History Survey


- Professional Service -

Faculty Representative: Alliance for Gender and Sexual Equality, York College, Spring 2011-Fall 2012

Instructor: Seminar in art for the New York State teacher certification exam, Department of Education, York College, Spring-Fall 2007

Contributing Editor, 2001-2003, and Contributing Editorial Board Member, 1998- 2001: Common Sense (student-faculty journal, University of Notre Dame).


- Awards -

Graduate Center, City University of New York: Martin E. Segal Dissertation Fellowship, 2010-11

Program in Art History, Graduate Center, City University of New York: Catherine Hoover Voorsanger Fellowship in American Art, 2009-10

Graduate Center, City University of New York: Student Travel and Research Grant, 2007, 2008

Graduate Center, City University of New York: Chancellor’s Fellowship and Graduate Teaching Fellowship, 2005-2010

University of Virginia: William R. Kenan Endowment Fund of the Academical Village Grant, 2005

University of Notre Dame School of Architecture: Ralph Thomas Sollitt Thesis Award, 2003


- Miscellaneous -

Letter to the editor: “Staten Island’s Civic Center Needs Repairs.” Staten Island Advance, March 18, 2015.

Two maps in Kevin D. Murphy, Jonathan Fisher of Blue Hill, Maine: Commerce, Culture, and Community on the Eastern Frontier (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2010), 8-9.

The Federal Presence: U.S. Mint Buildings across the Nation.” Exhibition produced for the U.S. Treasury Building and the Curator’s website, August 2004.

Brief, informal book reviews at LibraryThing.