Christina E. Crawford, PhD, MArch is an historian of architecture and urban form and a trained architect and urban designer whose research specialties are socialist space and social housing. She is Masse-Martin NEH Professor of Art History (2022-2025), Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Architecture in the Art History Department at Emory University, and 2021 recipient of the Emory Williams Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Christina received her PhD from Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, her M.Arch with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and her B.A. in Architecture and East European Studies with distinction from Yale University. Her first book, Spatial Revolution: Architecture and Planning in the Early Soviet Union (Cornell University Press, 2022), winner of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) Book Award, establishes the foundations of early Soviet urban theory and practice in three seminal industrial sites: Baku, Magnitogorsk, and Kharkiv, and is the recipient of funding from the Millard Meiss Publication Fund of the College Art Association, and a Digital Publishing in the Humanities/TOME subsidy from Emory University. She is also co-editor of Detroit-Moscow-Detroit: An Architecture for Industrialization, 1917-1945 (MIT Press, 2023) with Jean-Louis Cohen and Claire Zimmerman. Christina’s new research, funded by a Getty/ACLS Fellowship in the History of Art and a Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts research and development grant explores interwar exchanges of housing expertise between the US and Europe, using Atlanta as a primary node.