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About Anthony Raynsford

Anthony Raynsford is Department Chair, Associate Professor, and Graduate Advisor in the Department of Art & Art History at San Jose State University. Professor Raynsford is an architectural and urban design historian, whose interdisciplinary research interests bridge across cultural, intellectual and art history, particularly of the 20th century. His teaching seeks to develop a critical understanding of the interlocking social and aesthetic issues faced by architects and designers, both currently and historically. Professor Raynsford's current book project is entitled, Modernism and the Archaic City: The Pre-Industrial Past in the Imagination of 20th Century Urban Design. Related to this project are also a number of works in progress, including a monograph on the writings of urban planner, Kevin Lynch.


Present Associate Professor, San Jose State University Art and Art History

Curriculum Vitae


2009 - 2014 CSU Research Grants (Multiple Grants)
California State University
2009 - 2014 RSCA Research Grants (Multiple Grants)
California State University
2007 - 2008 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship
University of Pennsylvania
2004 - 2005 Franke Institute for the Humanities Dissertation Year Fellowship
Franke Institute for the Humanities
2003 Getty Library Research Grant
Getty Foundation
2003 Mellon Dissertation Research Fellowship
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Council on Library and Information Resources
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2009 - 2012 Editor, Lift off Catalog, San José State University
2002 - 2004 Historical Consultant, Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois
1996 - 1997 Editor, Chicago Art Journal
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Honors and Awards

  • Annual Dissertation Prize, Department of Art History, University of Chicago, 2006


  • Art History, Renaissance to Modern (ARTH 70B)
  • California Architecture (ARTH 162)
  • Contemporary Architecture (ARTH 161)
  • Modern Architecture (ARTH 160)


Ph.D., University of Chicago ‐ Department of Art History
M.Arch., University of California, Los Angeles ‐ Architecture
B.A., Brown University ‐ Anthropology and Semiotics

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