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Sarah Rovang

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Sarah K. Rovang holds a Ph.D. from Brown University in the History of Art & Architecture. She specializes in twentieth-century American architecture with particular attention to technology, vernacular building, modernization, and the rural landscape. Her dissertation explored the built environment and visual culture related to the Rural Electrification Administration in the United States during the Great Depression and World War II. Her work has been supported by the Wolfsonian-FIU in Miami, FL, the University of Michigan’s Bicentennial Activity Fund, and the Society of Architectural Historians.

Recent Work and Publications:

  • Persistent Pasts: The Bicentennial Campus as Archive,” Taubman College Gallery, April-July, 2017; architectural exhibition for the University of Michigan’s Bicentennial Year. Persistant Pasts Website: https://www.persistentpasts.com/
  • “The Grid Comes Home: Wiring and Lighting the American Farmhouse,” Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum 23, no. 2 (Fall 2016): 65-88.
  • “Envisioning the Future of Modern Farming: The Electrified Farm at the 1939 New York World’s Fair,” The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 74, no. 2 (June 2015): 201-222.   
  • Co-author of catalog entries with Igor Marjanović, Jan Howard, and Beau Johnson. Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association (St. Louis: Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and Rhode Island School of Design Museum, 2015).