University of Hertfordshire

Dr Grace Lees-Maffei BA Hons MA RCA PhD FHEA


Grace Lees-Maffei

Dr 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 where she coordinates the TVAD Research Group in its work on relationships between text, narrative and image, Programme Director for the Professional Doctorate in Heritage (DHeritage) in the School of Humanities and Chair of the University's Researcher Development Working Group. She is Managing Editor of the Journal of Design History (2011-2017), 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 was appointed to the Peer Review College of the Arts and Humanities Research Council in 2012.

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 2013), Design at Home: Domestic Advice Books in Britain and the USA since 1945 (Routledge 2013), 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, 2017), 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.

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). She was Reviews Editor (2002-6) and Editor (2006-8) of the Journal of Design History and Treasurer of the Design History Society from 1998-2002.

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