Andrew Herscher

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Associate Professor, Architecture/Slavic Languages and Literatures

  • Affiliation(s)
    • CREES, Architecture and Urban Planning, Slavic Languages and Literatures, History of Art, WCED
  • Fields of Study
    • Architectural and urban formations of violence, architecture and human rights, modern and postmodern architectural history and theory, area specializations in the Balkans and Central and Eastern Europe
  • About

    Andrew Herscher's work explores the architectural and urban forms of political violence, cultural memory, collective identity, and human rights, focusing on modern and contemporary Central and Eastern Europe. He has been particularly involved in the Balkans, where he has worked for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia as an investigator and expert witness on the war-time destruction of cultural heritage; directed the Department of Culture of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo; and co-founded and co-directed the NGO, Kosovo Cultural Heritage Project. His scholarly work has appeared in such publications as Architectural History, Assemblage, Grey Room, Harvard Design Magazine, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Oxford Art Journal, and Theory and Event. His book, Violence Taking Place: The Architecture of the Kosovo Conflict, was published by Stanford University Press in 2010 in the series "Cultural Memory in the Present."  At the University of Michigan, he is jointly appointed to the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Department of History of Art.  From 2005 to 2009, he also coordinated the Rackham Interdisciplinary Seminar on Human Rights.

  • Education
    • PhD Harvard University