Associate Professor of Architecture
Medina Lasansky has lectured widely and published extensively on the relationship between politics, popular culture, and the built environment. Her 2004 book The Renaissance Perfected: Architecture, Spectacle, and Tourism in Fascist Italy (Penn State University Press) won the Henry Paolucci/Walter Bagehot Book Award in 2005 and was runner up for both the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award, given by the College Art Association for "an especially distinguished book in the history of art" and the Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award. Her coedited volume, Architecture and Tourism. Perception, Performance, and Place (Berg, 2004) was translated into Spanish in 2006. Her essay on San Gimignano won the 2005 Founders' Award from the Society of Architectural Historians for the best article written by a junior scholar to appear in the previous two years in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. Awards, grants, and fellowships include the 2005 Provost’s Award for Distinguished Scholarship; a Visiting Scholar appointment at the Study Centre, Canadian Centre for Architecture in 2004; and research fellowships at both the Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami Beach and the Centro Interuniversitario di Studi Americani ed Euro-americani, Studi Politici, Universita di Torino. She was a Fellow at the Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, in 2003.
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