University of Hertfordshire

Professor Grace Lees-Maffei BA Hons MA RCA PhD FHEA


Grace Lees-Maffei

Professor Grace Lees-Maffei BA Hons MA RCA PhD FHEA


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University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


Grace Lees-Maffei is Professor of Design History in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire, Programme Director for the Professional Doctorate in Heritage (DHeritage) in the School of Humanities and Chair of the University's Researcher Development Working Group.

Grace's published work is available in The Design History Reader (Berg 2010), Writing Design: Words and Objects (Berg 2012), Made in Italy: Rethinking a Century of Italian Design (Bloomsbury Academic 2014), Design at Home: Domestic Advice Books in Britain and the USA since 1945 (Routledge 2014), Iconic Designs: 50 Stories about 50 Things (Bloomsbury 2014), Designing Worlds: National Design Histories in an Age of Globalization (Berghahn, 2016), Reading Graphic Design in Cultural Context (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019), and in journals including Design Issues, Design and Culture, Arts and Humanities in Higher EducationWomen's History Review, Modern Italy and the Journal of Design History.

Prof Lees-Maffei is Book Series Editor, with Prof Kjetil Fallan (University of Oslo), for Cultural Histories of Design (Bloomsbury Academic), Advisory Board member for AIS/Design Storia e Ricerche, Journal of the AIS/Design (Associazione italiana degli storici del design) and for The Poster (Intellect) and Series Editor for Writing Visual Culture. Lees-Maffei has been a member of the Peer Review College of the Arts and Humanities Research Council since 2012.

Previously, Grace was Managing Editor of the Journal of Design History (Oxford University Press for the Design History Society) 2011-17, Editor 2002-8 and Book Reviews Editor 2002-6. She was Treasurer of the Design History Society from 1998-2002. Lees-Maffei was Visiting Professor of Design History and Theory for the MA Design Cultures, Vrije University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2013-15) and Visiting Professor of Design and Culture, Doctoral Program on Design, IADE-U Institute of Art Design and Enterprise – University, Lisbon, Portugal (2013-14). Prof Lees-Maffei chaired the Theorising Visual Art and Design (TVAD) Research Group at the University of Hertfordshire from 2009-2018. 

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