Daniel E. Coslett, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor


B.A. Davidson College (2005)
M.A. Cornell University (2009)
Ph.D. University of Washington (2017)

My areas of interest center on the place of the historical within contemporary built environments. I aim to gain a better understanding of how surviving traces of the past are preserved, interpreted, experienced and exploited today, and how they contribute to urban life while inspiring urban identities. A solid understanding of the past is thus required. My specialties include architecture and planning of the modern era, built environments of European colonialism, heritage management, and North Africa.

At WWU (since 2013) I have taught several art and architectural history survey courses (on ancient, medieval, and 19th-century material), upper level lecture courses (on modern architectural history and theory and built environments of colonial N. Africa and India), in addition to seminars on architectural analysis and the architectures of tourism and travel. Beyond Bellingham, I teach architectural history and theory courses at UW in Seattle and am an assistant editor for the International Journal of Islamic Architecture.

Recent publications include the following:

  • Vikramaditya Prakash, Maristella Casciato, and Daniel E. Coslett, eds. Rethinking Global Modernism: Architectural Historiography and the Postcolonial (New York: Routledge, 2022), available here.
  • Daniel E. Coslett, ed. Neocolonialism and Built Heritage: Echoes of Empire in Africa, Asia, and Europe (New York: Routledge, 2020), available here.
  • Daniel E. Coslett, "Preservation and Tourism in Tunisia: On the Colonial Past in the Neocolonial Present," Journal of North African Studies 25, no. 5 (2020): 727–57, available here.