S. E. Eisterer

S. E. Eisterer is a queer architectural historian and Assistant Professor in History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University. She was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was also a member of the Executive Board for the program in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.

S. E. is interested in discourse on collectivity, difference, and dissent in architecture. Her scholarly work centers on modern architecture and urban culture, with a focus on spatial histories of dissidence and resistance, intersectional feminism, queer theory, and gender studies, as well as environmental history and labor theory. Currently, she is working on three book projects: an interdisciplinary history and translation project, titled Memories of the Resistance: Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky and the Architecture of Collective Dissidence, 1918–1989; a monograph, Housing Cooperative: Politics, Architecture, and Urban Imagination in Vienna, 1904–1934; and an edited volume, Living Room: Gender, Difference, Theory.

S. E. holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University in the History of Architecture and Urbanism, and an M.Arch from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She enjoys collaborative work with architects, planners, artists, writers, poets, and anthropologists. S.E. is a co-director of Columbia University’s Insurgent Domesticities group (founded by Anooradha Siddiqi), the co-founder of the European Architectural History Network’s Architecture and Environment Group (with Torsten Lange), and a member of Queer Space Working Group. Her work has been published in Architectural Histories, Architecture Beyond Europe, Log, Platform, and Ediciones ARQ, among other venues. Her research has been supported by the Princeton-Mellon Initiative, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the Viennese Mayor’s Office. She is currently the Pearl Resnick Fellow at the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial and Museum in Washington, DC, and an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Fellow.