Claire O’Mahony

Official Fellow

Associate Professor in History of Art and Design

Department for Continuing Education,

Faculty of History

BA California, MA PhD London

Claire’s teaching and research explore the history of modern European decoration. She is Course Director of MSt in the History of Design, Associate Professor in History of Art and Design, and Director of Graduate Studies for the Department for Continuing Education (until 2016). She served as Kellogg’s Admissions Tutor (2011-14) and chair of various working parties (Size and Shape; Garden; etc.) since being elected a fellow in 2006.

Her research focusses particularly upon how public mural and tapestry projects, temporary exhibition buildings and post-war housing, interior design, furniture, glass, and jewellery, express debates about nationhood and regional politics amidst the wars and occupations of Third and Fourth Republic France (1870-1958); the sympathies and tensions in art nouveau organicism between transcendental pantheism and advances in natural science and the moral and pragmatic dilemmas of industrial processes and handicraft. She is also contributing to the European Union-funded collective project ‘Mo Mo Wo’ researching the work of European women designers between 1918-2018.

Art on the Line

Design History Society