Mallorie Chase

Mallorie Chase
Graduate Student


Areas of Concentration: Postcolonial urbanism, modern and contemporary architecture, visual cultures of the Lusophone world
Faculty Advisor: Swati Chattopadhyay
Committee Members: Richard Wittman, Nuha N. N. Khoury, Ellen W. Sapega (Spanish and Portuguese, UW-Madison)
Dissertation: "The State at Home: Building Politics and Intimate Propaganda during Portugal's Dictatorship, 1933-74"
M.A. Thesis: "The Space of the Surface: Ceramic Tile Architecture in the Lisbon Metro" (Architectural History, Savannah College of Art and Design, completed 2011)


Mallorie is a Ph.D. Candidate whose main research areas are twentieth-century architecture, colonial urbanism and the modern Portuguese empire. She focuses on issues of modernity, nationalism, decoration as well as the histories of social housing, informal settlements and gentrification in Lisbon, Portugal, where she continues to conduct research. Mallorie currently has two articles out for review in two peer-reviewed journals. In 2013 she received the UCSB Regent’s Special Fellowship and in 2015-16 she will serve as the co-chair of the Art History Graduate Student Association. She holds a Master's degree in Architectural History from the Savannah College of Art & Design and a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Ohio State. Before this graduate work, Mallorie worked as a junior architect in NYC and an exhibitions preparator at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida.