Taylor Van Doorne

A reflection of the Eiffel Tower in the west facade of the Grand Palais Éphémère
Graduate Student


Areas of Concentration: 18th and 19th century European architectural history and theory; monuments and public space; ephemeral architecture; urbanism
Faculty Advisor: Richard Wittman
Committee Members: Swati Chattopadhyay, Manuel Covo (History, UCSB)
Dissertation: “Ephemeral Monuments, the Modern French State, and the Parisian Public, 1789-1848”
M.A. Thesis: "Moralizing Utopia: The Virtues of Collectivity and Happiness in Ledoux’s Ideal City of Chaux" (Tufts University, completed 2016)


Taylor Van Doorne is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of the History of Art & Architecture, specializing in the history and theory of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European architecture. Her dissertation project, under the supervision of Professor Richard Wittman, is a diachronic study of the ephemeral monuments and their print mediations of state-sponsored festivals in Paris between 1789 and 1848.

Taylor is the co-founder of the digital graduate journal react/review: a responsive journal for art & architectural history and managing editor of its debut and forthcoming issue (published through UC eScholarship Open Access Publications). She has been the recipient of several grants, fellowships, and awards while at UCSB including a Chateaubriand Fellowship (2021-22), a Citation of Special Recognition for the Carter Manny Award (2022), Albert & Elaine Borchard European Studies Fellowship for Dissertation Research (2020), and a Mellon Engaging Humanities Graduate Fellowship (2020). Currently, she is the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Institutional Fellow at the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (2022-24).

In 2016, she received her M.A. in Art and Architectural History from Tufts University after having completed a thesis on the influence of Rousseauian moral philosophy and the themes of collectivity and happiness in Claude-Nicolas Ledoux’s ideal city of Chaux. She graduated with a B.A. from Mills College in 2014 with a double major in Art History and English.