Ginger Nolan

Postdoctoral Fellow, History and Theory of Architecture and Urbanism


  • Critical Urbanisms: Theories and Methods Fall 2017
  • Minimal Architectures: Between Bare Life and Global Citizenship Fall 2017
  • Urbanism in Conflict: Current Debates Fall 2018
  • Urbanism in Conflict Fall 2018
  • The environment: Representing, Knowing, and Mastering the Global Sphere Fall 2018

Ginger Nolan’s work is situated at the intersections of architecture, media theory, and race studies. Specifically, she examines how constructions of race have been formulated through spatial, aesthetic, and technological practices. Nolan is currently finishing a book manuscript, “Savage Mind to Savage Machine: Architecture, Technology, and the Making of Magical Thought”, to be published by the University of Minnesota Press. The project has received support from the DAAD, the Social Science Research Council, the Terra Foundation, and the Graham Foundation for Art and Architecture. She is also currently researching the architectural-infrastructural constitution of citizenship (and non-citizenship), examining how the expansion of cash-crop agriculture in the Americas and Africa required new architectures and infrastructures to link rural, colonized, enslaved, and landless peoples to systems of governance and commerce. Related to this project, she has a short book forthcoming in the University of Minnesota Press's Forerunners series, entitled "Semiotic Poverty in the World: From Villagization to Global Village".

Nolan holds a PhD in architectural history and theory from Columbia University and a master’s degree in architectural design from MIT. Her work has been published in Grey Room, Thresholds, AI (Architecture and Ideas), Avery Review, Architecture Theory Review,_ and Volume magazine.