Michelle Jackson-Beckett

Senior Lecturer, Design History and Theory
Archivist, Victor Papanek Foundation

MA History of Design and Decorative Arts, Parsons School of Design (2013)
MPhil History of Design, Decorative Arts, and Material Culture, Bard Graduate Center (2020)
PhD Candidate, History of Design, Decorative Arts, and Material Culture, Bard Graduate Center


Michelle Jackson-Beckett is senior lecturer within the department of Design History and Theory, and the archivist of the Victor Papanek Foundation within the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She holds a Master’s degree from Parsons School of Design, New York, and is a PhD candidate at Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, New York. She has extensive experience leading design archives, most recently as Director of Archives and Publications at R & Company design gallery, New York, as well as archival organisation and cataloguing experience for leading institutions including Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Sotheby’s 20th Century Design Department, and Neue Galerie New York, Museum for German and Austrian Art.

She has previously served as a Design History lecturer at The New School, New York (2014–2020), and Rhode Island School of Design, Providence (2016–2017). She has presented her research at conferences for the College Art Association, Design History Society, the International Council of Museums, and the American Studies Association, and has given invited lectures at Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Maryland Institute College of Art, The Archivists Roundtable of Metropolitan New York, the Female Design Council, and The Goethe-Institut Washington, DC, among others.


Co-editor with Mina W. Hugerth, Glenn Adamson, Objects: USA 2020. New York: The Monacelli Press, 2020.

Editor, Wendell Castle Scrapbook: 1958–1980. New York: Damiani Press, 2020.

Co-editor with Otavio Nazareth and Mina W. Hugerth. Amanda Beatriz Palma de Carvalho et al. José Zanine Caldas. New York/São Paulo: Editora Olhares, 2019.

Book Chapters

“Longing for Past and Future: Cultural Identity and Central European Revivalist Glassware Designs,” in Revival: Memories, Identities, Utopias. Ayla Lepine, Matthew Lodder, and Rosalind McKeever, eds.  London: Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum, October 2015.

Reviews in Journal of Design History and West 86th