Dr Rixt Woudstra is an historian of modern architecture, material culture and colonialism, with a specific focus on the global circulation of ideas, knowledge, and materials. Previously, she was assistant professor in architectural history at New College of Humanities in London as well as a postdoctoral research associate at Liverpool University’s Department of Architecture, where she is working on a Leverhulme-funded project on the architectural and urban history of the United Africa Company in British West Africa in the 19th and 20th century.
She is working on her first book, based on her Ph.D in History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, titled Designing Stability: Architecture and Anti-Colonial Protest in ‘British’ Africa, 1945-1957. Her work been supported by fellowships and awards from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, Harvard University’s Center for European Studies, and the MIT Africa-Program.
Faculty of Humanities