Dianne Harris is a senior program officer at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation where she focuses on Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities. Previously she served as dean of the College of Humanities at the University of Utah. She holds a PhD in architectural history from the University of California, Berkeley.
Her scholarship, which ranges from from 18th-century Lombardy to the postwar United States, is united by a constant interest in the relationship between the built environment and the construction of racial and class identities. Her publications include the co-edited volumes Villas and Gardens in Early Modern Italy and France and Sites Unseen: Landscape and Vision. She is the author of three monographs: The Nature of Authority: Villa Culture, Landscape, and Representation in Eighteenth-Century Lombardy; Maybeck’s Landscapes: Drawing in Nature; and Little White Houses: How the Postwar Home Constructed Race in America. Harris is a past-president of the Society of Architectural Historians, and editor of the University of Pittsburgh Press’s “Culture, Politics, and the Built Environment” series.