Department of Art and Art History People

Carma Gorman

Associate Professor

Assistant Chair, Design

Design: History of Design


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Associate Professor Carma R. Gorman earned a B.A. in art history at Carleton College in 1991 and a Ph.D. in the history of art at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1998. Gorman is an associate editor of the journal Design and Culture and a past president of the Design Studies Forum.

Gorman’s primary-source anthology The Industrial Design Reader (2003), which Richard Buchanan described as “an essential text in design history courses,” appears on reading lists at numerous U.S. and foreign universities. She has published reviews and articles on U.S. design of the long twentieth century in American Quarterly, Design and Culture, Design Issues, Journal of Design History, Studies in the Decorative Arts, and Winterthur Portfolio. Her American Quarterly article on body mechanics and streamlining was one of ten essays reprinted in the Organization of American Historians’ anthology The Best American History Essays 2008. Gorman is currently writing a book that surveys American design from 1890 to the present, focusing on the ways in which the USA’s legal system, and particularly its unique configuration of intellectual property law, has shaped American design.