Swati Chattopadhyay

Swati Chattopadhyay
Professor

Office Hours

Fall 2023: Non-Teaching; by appointment;
to schedule an appointment send an email to swati@arthistory.ucsb.edu

Office Location

Arts 1210

Specialization

Modern architecture and urbanism; Cultural landscape of colonialism; British empire; Postcolonial and critical theory.

Education

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
M.Arch. University of Arizona
B.Arch. Jadavpur University

Bio

Swati Chattopadhyay is an architect and architectural historian specializing in modern architecture and urbanism, and the cultural landscape of the British empire. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, three fellowships from the American Institute of Indian Studies, a J. Paul Getty Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Grant, a Fellowship from the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from Queen Mary, University of London, a Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities Fellowship, University of London, and the Society of Architectural Historian's Founder's Award. She is a Founding Editor of PLATFORM Link opens an external site, and has served as a director of the Subaltern-Popular Workshop, a University of California Multi-campus Research Group, and as the editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH). In 2018 she was named as a Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians for a lifetime of significant contributions to the field. She is the author of Small Spaces: Recasting the Architecture of Empire (Bloomsbury, 2023); Unlearning the City: Infrastructure in a New Optical Field (Minnesota, 2012); and Representing Calcutta: Modernity, Nationalism, and the Colonial Uncanny (Routledge, 2005; paperback 2006). She has co-edited two books with Jeremy White: Routledge Companion to Critical Approaches to Contemporary Architecture (Taylor and Francis, 2019); and City Halls and Civic Materialism: Towards a Global History of Urban Public Space (Routledge, 2014).

Publications

Cover of Swati Chattopadhyay. Small Spaces: Recasting the Architecture of Empire. New York: Bloomsbury, 2023.

Swati Chattopadhyay and Jeremy White, eds. The Routledge Companion to Critical Approaches to Contemporary Architecture. Oxford: Routledge, 2019.Swati Chattopadhyay and Jeremy White, eds. City Halls and Civic Materialism: Towards a Global History of Urban Public Space. Oxford: Routledge, 2014.

Swati Chattopadhyay. Unlearning the City: Infrastructure in a New Optical Field. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012.Swati Chattopadhyay. Representing Calcutta: Modernity, Nationalism and the Colonial Uncanny. Oxford: Routledge, 2006.