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Rachel Hunnicutt


Email: [[rhhunnicutt]]
Research Interests: Design history; architecture and interiors; corporate design and identity; world’s fairs; capitalism; consumerism; labor studies; economic novels; museum studies; foodways and food packaging; environmentalism; US socialism and Progressivism


Rachel H. R. Hunnicutt is a Ph.D. student in American Studies. Her work focuses on twentieth-century industrial, domestic, and corporate design relative to capitalism, consumerism, and labor issues. Her most recent research considers Upton Sinclair’s literature as a mediator of the military-industrial complex, its material and design innovations, and the evolution of everyday life, work, and culture across the World Wars.


Hunnicutt previously worked as cataloguer of the Donald Deskey Collection in the Department of Drawings, Prints & Graphic Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, where she was also a curatorial fellow in the museum’s Department of Product Design and Decorative Arts. She taught interior design history and theory as Part-Time Faculty at Parsons, and formerly served as the copyeditor and coordinator of book reviews for the Journal of Design History.


B.A., Art History, Trinity College, 2012

M.A., History of Design and Curatorial Studies, Parsons School of Design, The New School, 2019