Beverly Grindstaff



(on leave as Interim Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in 2017-19)



Doctor of Philosophy, University of California Los Angeles, CA

Beverly K. Grindstaff is professor of art history and visual culture at San José State University.  Her areas of specialization are critical theory and nineteenth- and twentieth-century art and design.  Themes unifying her work include formal theories of aesthetics and the construction of identity through the fine arts, design, popular culture, and the museum.  Her research interests are represented by “Designing the Mensch als Kunstwerk: Kant, Hygiene and the Aesthetics of Health in Wilhelmine Germany” (UCLA dissertation, 2004), which examines the early Deutscher Werkbund through the popular and political understanding of the healthy body as Kant’s “visible expression of moral ideas that govern man ideally”.  Publications include “The origins of unsustainable luxury: becoming ‘slaves to objects’,” in Design Philosophy Papers 3 (2009); “The Outdoor Kitchen and Twenty-first Century Domesticity,” in “Spaces for the Reproduction of Community” section of John Archer, Paul J. P. Sandul, and Katherine Solomonson, eds., Making Suburbia: New Histories of Everyday America (University of Minnesota Press, 2015); and “William Pahlmann and the Department Store Model Room, 1937-1942,” chapter in Anca I. Lasc, Margaret Maile Petty and Patricia Lara-Betancourt, eds., Display Architecture: Department Stores and Modern Retail (London: Ashgate, 2018).  Current projects focus on mid-century interior designers and the “dream houses” of early 21st-century America.