Wardzinski’s recent research focus is on the small southern city of Knoxville as a global destination for architects and planners as part of a larger postwar initiative to spread the ideals of a democratic citizenry through city and regional planning efforts. Additionally, she traces the influence of the Tennessee Valley Authority on postwar pedagogy at universities in the southeastern region of the United States through city and regional planning departments. This work has led Wardzinski to uncover how the TVA trained planners in its likeness in both the American hinterland and in a post-imperial modernizing world, while concurrently maintaining imperially determined racial and social structures of the past.
▸ Advisor: Burak Erdim, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Design NC State University, 2014-present
M.Arch Iowa State University
BA Art University of Iowa