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Arden Stern

Humanities & Sciences
astern2@artcenter.edu

BIOGRAPHY

Arden Stern is a design historian whose scholarship focuses on graphic design and visual culture. Her work interrogates the intersections between graphic design and globalization, urban development, and discourses of craft. Her current research focuses on the history and documentation of hand-painted signage in Northeast Los Angeles. She has also conducted research on articulations of local identity and global citizenship in the grassroots graphic design of Lusaka, Zambia.

EDUCATION

Ph.D. University of California, Irvine Visual Studies

AWARDS INCLUDE

Faculty Enrichment Grant, Art Center College of Design (2013)
Humanities Center Research Grant, University of California, Irvine (2010)
Short-Term Research Fellowship, Winterthur Library (2009)
Jay and Deborah Last Fellowship in American Visual Culture, American Antiquarian Society (2009)

PUBLICATIONS INCLUDE

"Domesticating the Global: Sign Writing and Visual Culture in Lusaka, Zambia." Design & Culture 6.3 (2014).
"Arial: An Apologia." Theorizing Visual Studies: Writing Through the Discipline. Eds. James Elkins, Kristi McGuire, Maureen Burns, Alicia Chester, and Joel Kuennen. New York: Routledge, 2012.
"Paint the Town: Street Signage in Lusaka, Zambia." Print Magazine. June 2009.

MEMBERSHIPS INCLUDE

AIGA
Society for Cinema & Media Studies

CLASSES

Creating Social Impact
Critical Histories 1
Critical Histories 2
Fldwk: Theory & Practice
Graphic Design History 2
IS:Oceanography
Play Time
Play Time: Community
The Nike Girl Effect
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