OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Mabel O. Wilson

Portrait of Mabel O. Wilson
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Mabel O. Wilson is an associate professor of architecture at Columbia University and a research fellow with the Institute for Research in African American Studies. Her research and teaching examines the impact of social inequalities on architecture and the built environment, with a particular focus on politics and cultural memory in black America, the history of race in modern architecture, and transnational labor in the global construction industry. Her publications include Negro Building: Black Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums (2012), a runner-up for the American Studies Association's John Hope Franklin Prize, and Begin with the Past: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture (2016). She is currently writing a book on the influence of slavery on antebellum civic architecture.

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