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Regina Root

Professor of Hispanic Studies (On Leave AY 2020-2021)

Office: Washington Hall 208
Phone: (757) 221-7728
Email: [[raroot]]

Dr. Regina A. Root is an international expert of design practices and cultural production. She has authored, edited and collaborated on numerous works.
Reviewers have pointed to The Latin American Fashion Reader as the first book to take a broad look at the influence of Latin American culture on global fashion trends. Couture and Consensus: Fashion and Political Culture in Postcolonial Argentina was recently revised and translated into Spanish as Vestir la naciónThe Handbook of Fashion Studies, in collaboration with other experts, presents an overview of the field’s history, methodologies, and current debates.  She serves on various editorial boards and has guest edited or co-edited special volumes on the topics of Ecofashion, Latin American Fashion Now, and Brazilian Fashion. Pasado de Moda:  Expresión cultural y consumo en la Argentina recently united two separate volume proposals for a multi-disciplinary collaboration on Argentina’s fashion chronology.

During her career, Root has served in various capacities assessing proposals for creative industries and agencies interested in sustainable and inclusive design. She has held Fulbright and National Endowment for the Humanities research fellowships, and has served on research panels and editorial boards. She is at work researching a monumental tapestry and developing a series that addresses fashion futures.  At William & Mary, Root brings together students, museums and donors to facilitate professional experiences geared towards artifact-based research and cultural policy.