Research Interests: History of technology; textiles; design ethnography; environmental studies.
Erin Freedman is a PhD student in History of Science at Harvard. Her research focuses on the development of synthetic technologies for design applications from the nineteenth century to the present, examining how the processes and materials used to simulate organic substances reshape collective ideas about what nature means. She is interested in the history of textile manufacture and material innovation, theories of waste and value, and how the design process is understood by practitioners across the domains of art, craft and science.
Prior to coming to Harvard, Erin held curatorial positions at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.
BA., Literature & Critical Theory, University of Toronto
MA., Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture, Bard Graduate Center