Julie Nicoletta, Ph.D.

Professor ; Graduate Faculty

Specialty: Art & Architectural History and Public History

Nicoletta, Julie

Contact information

Dept: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Room: GWP 418
Phone: 253-692-4468
Email: jn@u.washington.edu
Schedule: Autumn 2013 office hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30-1:00 p.m., and 3:45-4:05 p.m.


  • Ph.D., History of Art, Yale University, 1993.
  • M.A., History of Art, Yale University, 1988.
  • B.A., History of Art, Pomona College, 1987.


I received my bachelor's degree from Pomona College and my master's degree and Ph.D. in the history of art from Yale University. I teach courses on American art and architecture, American studies, material culture studies, and public history.

My research interests focus on the intersection of architecture, the built environment, and social history. Past research projects have ranged from an examination of the Shakers and how they used space to shape and control behavior, the architecture of Nevada as a window into the politics of land development and the use of natural resources in the American West, and issues of gender in art and architecture.


I am currently completing a manuscript entitled, Unisphere: Architecture and Globalization at the New York World's Fair of 1964-1965. This project will result in a new book on a little-studied world's fair and will encourage and enhance research on other postwar fairs. These later fairs provide opportunities for studying decolonization, the Cold War, and a United States that was becoming an increasingly dominant influence on global culture in the two decades after World War II. My project goes beyond stylistic analysis to look at the political, social, and economic forces that shaped buildings and landscapes at the fair. The audience for the completed book will include scholars of art and architecture, history, urban studies, and postcolonial studies, as well as a broader, more popular readership interested in world's fairs.


I teach academically challenging courses that require students to think critically and rigorously about different approaches to understanding the course material. I use texts and images in all of my courses as primary sources. Students also learn how to conduct research and use sources effectively in their writing and research projects. I currently teach the following courses:

  • THIST 200 American History I: 1607-1877
  • THIST 226 American Architecture
  • THIST 377 Art of the Americas
  • THIST 379 Modern Architecture
  • THIST 430 Introduction to Public History
  • THIST 470 The Material World: Art and Artifacts

Selected Publications


  • Buildings of Nevada. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • The Architecture of the Shakers. Woodstock, VT: The Countryman Press, a division of W.W. Norton, 1995.

Book Chapters and Journal Articles

  • "Reassessing the Sisters' Retiring Room from the North Family Dwelling House, New Lebanon, New York, c. 1845," part of a special issue on The Museum and the American Period Room: Past, Present and Future, Winterthur Portfolio 46:2/3 (Summer/Autumn 2012): E37-E43 (e-article).
  • "Art Out of Place: International Art Exhibits at the New York World's Fair of 1964-1965," Journal of Social History 44:2 (Winter 2010): 499-519.
  • "Louise Bourgeois's Femmes Maisons: Confronting Lacan." In Reclaiming Female Agency: Feminist Art History after Postmodernism, edited by Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005, 361-371.
  • "The Architecture of Control: Shaker Dwelling Houses in Early Nineteenth-Century America," Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 62:3 (September 2003): 352-387.
  • "The Gendering of Order and Disorder: Mother Ann Lee and Shaker Architecture," The New England Quarterly 74:2 (June 2001): 303-316.
  • "Redefining Domesticity: Women and Lodging Houses on the Comstock." In Comstock Women: The Making of a Mining Community, edited by Elizabeth Raymond and Ronald M. James. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1997, 43-67.

New Media

  • Buildings of Nevada, part of the Society of Architectural Historians' SAH Archipedia project, an online architectural resource, SAH and University of Virginia Press, http://sah-archipedia.org/, launched October 2012.


  • American Association of Museums
  • College Art Association
  • Society of Architectural Historians
  • Vernacular Architecture Forum

Professional Service

  • University Press Committee, University of Washington Press.
  • Assistant Editor, Editorial Advisory Committee, Buildings of the United States series, Society of Architectural Historians.

Honors and Awards

  • University of Washington Royalty Research Fund Grant, 2012.
  • Chancellor's Research Fund, University of Washington, Tacoma, 2007.
  • Rockefeller Archive Center, Grant-in-Aid, 2005.
  • Fund for Innovation and Redesign, University of Washington (for a university-wide digital image collection), 2004.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend, 2001.
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Washington, Tacoma, 2000.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Pomona College, 1987.