Anna Vallye is Assistant Professor in Art History and Architectural Studies at Connecticut College (2017-). Her research explores modern architecture’s intersections with the reciprocal politics of knowledge production and state governance in the twentieth century United States and Western Europe. Vallye holds a Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University. Previously, she was Research Associate at the School of Arts and Sciences and the Sam Fox School of Design and the Visual Arts at Washington University in St.Louis and Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she curated Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis (2013-2014). She is the author of the 2014 Dedalus Foundation award-winning exhibition catalogue by the same title, as well as essays in several edited volumes and exhibition catalogues, and in journals such as arq, Constructs, and Grey Room.
At H+U+D, Vallye is working on a book manuscript titled The Management of Modernity: Modern Architecture and the Politics of State Governance, which focuses on the American careers of German-speaking architects, planners, and designers Walter Gropius, Martin Wagner, Ludwig Hilberseimer, and Gyorgy Kepes in the interwar and immediate postwar period. The book traces their efforts to recast a managerial approach to design, forged in dialogue with Weimar Republic regulatory state institutions, to influence US federal policies in the urban fabric.