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David Raisman
David Raizman, PhD

Professor Emeritus



UBRN Center, 4A10D
David Raizman received his Ph.D in art history at the University of Pittsburgh in 1980 and came to Drexel in 1989. He is the author of History of Modern Design, (Laurence King and Pearson Publishing, expanded second edition in 2010), based more than thirty years of active teaching and scholarship in art and design history. The book is currently used as a text at more than 100 colleges and universities worldwide, and has been translated into Chinese through the Renmin University Press. Professor Raizman co-edited the book Objects, Audiences, and Literature: Alternative Narratives in the History of Design published by Cambridge Scholars Press in 2007, and serves on the editorial board of the journal Design and Culture. He has been a fellow at the Wolfonsian-FIU Museum and Library in Miami, Florida, and has lectured and published extensively in the field, including two invited lectures (May 2014) at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Recent research in the history of 19th-century World’s Fairs was published in the journal West 86th Street (vol. 20, no. 1). He is currently co-editing, with Ethan Robey (Parsons the New School) a book of essays entitled Expanding Nationalisms at World Fairs: Identity, Diversity and Exchange, 1855-1914 to be published by Routledge early in 2017. He teaches classes in the history of design and graphic design, and was the 2011 recipient of the University’s Harold M. Myers Distinguished Service Award. In 2013 Dr. Raizman was named Distinguished University Professor. In the summer 2015 he directed an NEH Summer Institute held on Drexel’s campus entitled “Teaching the History of Modern Design: The Canon and Beyond” involving 25 participants from colleges and universities in the United States and six internationally known visiting scholars.
PhD, University of Pittsburgh
MA, University of Pittsburgh
BA, University of Pittsburgh