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elaine stiles Elaine B. Stiles is an Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation in the School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. She is concurrently a Ph.D. Candidate in the history of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Berkeley. Elaine’s research focuses on the design politics that shaped twentieth-century suburban development and affordable housing agendas in the US. Her dissertation, “Suburban Design Thinking: Home Builders and the New American Domestic Landscape 1934-1960,” examines the design processes of large-scale merchant builders as they reconciled art, politics, technology, and market factors to transform Americans' attitudes about the home and American housing culture. 

Elaine returned to graduate school after a decade of working as an architectural historian, historic preservation planner, and preservation advocate. She earned a BA in Art History from Smith College and an MA in Preservation Studies from Boston University.