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Dr. Kate Kocyba

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Shields Center for Visual Arts, 220
Full-Time Faculty

Kate Kocyba, Ph.D. an art historian whose primary specialization is architectural history and secondary areas are American and European art of the elongated nineteenth century. While she remains interested in Gothic Revival architecture, her latest research has been informed by her teaching experiences as well as time with AmeriCorps and the U.S. Forest Service. She is currently exploring the role of preservation in the larger American architectural historical canon. She is also investigating the architecture and material culture related to New Deal programs that included the creation of homesteads and initiatives that made our public lands more accessible to the people while at the same time creating a distinct “Public Lands architecture.” At Marywood she teaches undergraduates courses in architectural and art history, including History of Art I, Modern Art, and Nineteenth Century Art. Related to her scholarly endeavors and teaching, Dr. Kocyba is a practitioner in preservation/restoration construction as well as woodworking.


Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2012

M.A., University of Manchester, 2003

B.A., State University of New York College at Potsdam, 2002

Professional Employment

Assistant Professor, Marywood University, 2020 – present

Full-Time Instructor, The University of Alabama, 2017 – 2020

Architectural Historian, Eastern Region of the U.S. Forest Service, 2016 – 2017

Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Missouri, 2013 – 2014

Sally Kress Tompkins Fellow, Historic American Buildings Survey & Society of Architectural Historians, 2010

Charles E. Peterson Fellow, Society of Architectural Historians-Buildings of the United States Series & Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 2009


“Building Pedagogy: Studying Architecture and Preservation in American Art and Architectural History” Art History Pedagogy & Practice (Forthcoming)

Co-author with James A. Jacobs. “George Washington Masonic National Memorial.” National Historic Landmark Nomination Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service (2015)     

“George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria Independent City, VA.” HABS VA-1431, Library of Congress - Historic American Buildings Surveys Collections (2012)   


“Less is a Bore”’: Expanding American Architectural History Beyond High Style Architecture, SECAC, Birmingham, AL, October 2018        

Neo-Gothic Moves Inland: Episcopalians & the Wisconsin Frontier, 1835 -1865, New Directions in Gothic Revival Studies Worldwide Conference, University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom, July 2012