Grace Lees-Maffei



Grace Lees-Maffei

Academic title(s)

Professor Dr


University of Hertfordshire


Creative Arts


Professor of Design History

Short biography

Grace Lees-Maffei is Professor of Design History in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire where she is Research Group Leader of the TVAD Research Group which works on relationships between text, narrative and image. She is also Programme Director for the Professional Doctorate in Heritage (DHeritage) in the School of Humanities and Chair of the University’s Researcher Development Working Group.

Recent publications

Grace’s published work is available in The Design History Reader (Berg 2010), Writing Design: Words and Objects (Berg 2012), Made in Italy: Rethinking a Century of Italian Design (Bloomsbury Academic 2013), Design at Home: Domestic Advice Books in Britain and the USA since 1945 (Routledge 2013), Iconic Designs: 50 Stories about 50 Things (Bloomsbury 2014), Designing Worlds: National Design Histories in an Age of Globalization (Berghahn, 2016), Reading Graphic Design in Cultural Context (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018), and in journals including Design IssuesDesign and CultureArts and Humanities in Higher EducationWomen’s History ReviewModern Italy and the Journal of Design History.

Role in Tensions of Europe


Research interests

Mobilty, Knowledge Networks

Additional research interests

Design, design history, national identity, networks, globalisation, domesticity, mediation, methodology, historiography