Katherine Carroll

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Fine and Performing Arts

Katherine Carroll
(413) 662-5255
Bowman Hall 332A


BA Williams College

MA Boston University

PhD Boston University

Courses Taught

ARTH 117: Introduction to Art History

ARTH 217: Contemporary Art

ARTH 311: Women in American Art

ARTH 311: Art and Collective Identity

ARTH 311: Designing America

About Me

Katherine Carroll joined the faculty at MCLA in 2016. She teaches broadly across the disciplines of art and architectural history.

Carroll's current research examines early twentieth-century American medical schools as part of her larger interests in the creation of professional identities, particularly as they intersect with ideas about race and gender, the codification of science, and patronage. She presently has an advance contract from the University of Pittsburgh Press for her book, Building Schools, Making Doctors: Architecture and the Modern American Physician. Carroll has received numerous fellowships in support of her research, including a Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art; a Fellowship in the History of Medicine from the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine (alliance of the Harvard Medical School and Boston Medical Library); and a Grant-in-Aid from the Rockefeller Archive Center. She has also lectured widely on the topic of medical school design.

Recent Publications

Carroll, Katherine L. “Incorporated Philanthropy: The General Education Board, Abraham Flexner, and the Architecture of American Medical Schools.” In Corporate Patronage of Art and Architecture in the United States, Late Nineteenth Century to the Present, edited by Monica E. Jovanovich and Melissa Renn, 77–95. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019.

Carroll, Katherine L. “Creating the Modern Physician: The Architecture of American Medical Schools in the Era of Medical Education Reform.” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 75, no. 1 (March 2016): 48­–73.

Recent Presentations

“Designed for Difference: Race and Gender in US Medical Schools.” Society of Architectural Historians, Annual Meeting, April 24­–28, 2019.

“Nashville: City of Pioneering Medical School Design, 1925–1931.” American Association for the History of Medicine, Annual Meeting, May 4–7, 2017.

Office hours

Online Thursday 12-12:45 p.m.