Mary Springer

Mary Springer
Graduate Student
Academic Areas: 
Research Interests: 
Architecture

Mary Springer is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in architecture.  She received a B.A. in Art and Religious Studies from Doane College and an M.A. in Art History from the University of St. Thomas.  Her M.A. thesis, “The Man-uscript of Sorrows: The Origin of Clm 23094,” investigated the Germanic origin of a thirteenth-century illuminated Psalter.  Based on iconographic and contentual analyses, Mary suggested that the ecclesiastical and urban culture in Magdeburg provided the most probable setting for the production of this manuscript.  

Mary’s current research interests include American Modern architecture, the Gothic Revival, campus planning, collegiate architecture, and Chicago’s urban and architectural development. Her Ph.D. research focuses on Gothic Revival architecture, specifically at American colleges. Her dissertation, “The Gothic Revival Goes to College,” elucidates how the American Collegiate Gothic’s popularity at the turn of the twentieth century followed trends in the architect's profession, campus planning, higher education, and philanthropy. She supports her investigation with fieldwork and archival research conducted at colleges and universities in the United States and England.

Mary has interned on various projects, including Doane University’s Private Art Collection, Frank Gehry’s Winton Guest House, the Minnesota Humanities Center's Pre-Raphaelite Workshop, and more recently, the University of Iowa’s Eve Drewelowe Art Collection.

As an adjunct instructor and teaching assistant, Mary has taught a variety of art historical and humanities courses both online and in person. Prior to beginning Ph.D., she taught college studio art classes, including painting and printmaking. At the University of Iowa, she has served as a teaching assistant for “Western Art and Culture: Before 1400,” “Western Art and Culture: After 1400,” “Earthly Paradises: A Global History of Gardens,” and “Introduction to Ancient Art.” For two semesters, she was instructor of record for “Introduction to American Architecture.” This academic year, she is a teaching assistant for “Asian Art and Culture” in the Fall and a Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Fellow in the Spring.