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David Raisman
David Raizman, PhD
Distinguished University Professor Emeritus



UBRN Center, 4A10D

David Raizman received his Ph.D in art history at the University of Pittsburgh in 1980 and arrived at 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, with Ethan Robey (Penn State University) Expanding Nationalisms at World Fairs: Identity, Diversity and Exchange, 1851-1915 (Routledge, 2017). He serves on the editorial boards of the online journal 设计 She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation and the Bloomsbury Design Library. David is a member of the Committee on Design of the College Art Association and now serves as CAA Treasurer. He has been a fellow at the Wolfsonian-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 and several presentations at the annual meetings of the College Art Association and the Design History Society. His work on the history of 19th-century World’s Fairs was published in the journal West 86th Street (vol. 20, no. 1, 2013). He regularly taught classes and seminars 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. This group of summer scholars recently published an edited volume of their scholarship Design History: Beyond the Canon. He retired from Drexel at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year but remains active professionally as professor emeritus.

PhD, University of Pittsburgh
MA, University of Pittsburgh
BA, University of Pittsburgh