University of Hertfordshire

Professor Grace Lees-Maffei MA RCA PhD FRHistS FRSA FHEA


Grace Lees-Maffei

Professor Grace Lees-Maffei MA RCA PhD FRHistS FRSA FHEA


Postal address:
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 and Programme Director for the Professional Doctorate in Heritage (DHeritage) in the School of Humanities.

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

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, paperback 2020), Designing Worlds: National Design Histories in an Age of Globalization (Berghahn, 2016, paperback 2018), Reading Graphic Design in Cultural Context (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019), and in journals including Design IssuesDesign and CultureArts and Humanities in Higher EducationWomen's History ReviewModern Italy and the Journal of Design History.

Previously, Grace 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 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. Lees-Maffei served as Treasurer of the Design History Society from 1998-2002. Prof Lees-Maffei chaired the Theorising Visual Art and Design (TVAD) Research Group at the University of Hertfordshire from 2009-2018 and chaired the University of Hertfordshire's Researcher Development Group from 2015-2019 inclusive. She was an advisory board member for The Poster (renamed as the Journal of Political Visual Communication) and Series Editor for Writing Visual Culture.

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