SESAH is pleased to announce that Willa Granger is the recipient of the 2020 SESAH Graduate Student Research Fellowship. The $1000 fellowship will enable Willa to continue her dissertation research at the University of Texas.
Willa Granger is a doctoral candidate in Architectural History at the University of Texas at Austin. With an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies and a methodological interest in cultural landscape studies, social history, and vernacular fieldwork, her research works to situate people, buildings, and place within a larger urban context. This has included studies of planned housing and urban history, including her Master’s thesis on Texas’s first public housing development, Cedar Springs Place, and her undergraduate thesis on Louis Kahn’s defense housing project, Pennypack Woods.
Willa’s other research includes work on the built environment of Fort Hood’s Korean-American “War Brides,” catalogue essays as part of the Harry Ransom Center’s recent exhibition, Making Home: The Arts and Crafts Movement and the Reform of Everyday Life (Yale University Press), and a recent journal article, “‘Order, Convenience, and Beauty:’ The Style, Space, and Multiple Narratives of San Felipe Courts” (Buildings & Landscapes, Spring 2019). She is currently working on her dissertation, a material and social history of the American “home for the aged.”