Headshot of Visiting Scholar Samuel Dodd.

Sam Dodd

Fall 2021/Spring 2022

Ohio University, OH

Assistant Professor of Instruction, Art History;

Director, Ohio Valley Center for Collaborative Arts

Sam Dodd is an architectural historian specializing in the study of the American built environment, with emphasis on spatial justice, community-driven design practices, and the history of building technology. He received his Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, where he also worked as the Program Coordinator at the Center for Sustainable Development. His scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in the Journal of Design History, Design Issues, Art Journal, Journal of Architectural Education, and in anthologies from Yale University Press, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and Routledge. His work has been supported by the Ohio Arts Council, Smithsonian Institution, and National Endowment for the Arts.


Sam plans to spend the upcoming academic year working on a book-length project, which considers the spatial and material legacies of so-called “boom and bust” economies, particularly those in rural and deindustrialized regions where reminders of a prosperous past come to burden communities living with poverty and precarity. This project advocates for site-specific, community-based research practices informed by craft explorations, material geographies, and storytelling as they intersect with public history methods.