Professor; American & European Architecture

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Daniel M. Abramson’s scholarship focuses on issues of architecture, society, economics, and government, from the eighteenth through twentieth centuries with a specialization in American and European topics.

He is the author of three books: Obsolescence: An Architectural History (University of Chicago Press, 2016); Building the Bank of England: Money, Architecture, Society, 1694–1942 (Yale University Press, 2005); and Skyscraper Rivals: The AIG Building and the Architecture of Wall Street (Princeton Architectural Press, 2001); as well as being co-editor with the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative of Writing Architectural History: Evidence and Narrative in the Twenty-First Century (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021) and of Governing By Design: Architecture, Economy, and Politics in the Twentieth Century (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012).  

Current work focuses on architecture and citizenship in American government centers since 1900, including a recent article in Grey Room 78 (Winter 2020) on the Massachusetts State Service Center and the American welfare state. Before coming to Boston University in 2016, Abramson taught at Tufts University and Connecticut College. He received his B.A. in English and American literature from Princeton University and Ph.D. in art history from Harvard University.

To book an appointment to meet with Professor Abramson- visit https://danielabramson.youcanbook.me/ or email directly for alternate times.

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Selected Publications

Writing Architectural History: Evidence and Narrative in the Twenty-First Century. Pittsburgh University Press, 2021.
“Representing the American Welfare State.”Grey Room 78 (Winter 2020).
Obsolescence: An Architectural History.University of Chicago Press, 2016.
Building the Bank of England: Money, Architecture, Society, 1694–1942.Yale University Press, 2005.
Skyscraper Rivals: The AIG Building and the Architecture of Wall Street.Princeton Architectural Press, 2001.