Ginger Nolan holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature, a master’s degree in Architecture, and a Ph.D. in Architectural History and Theory. Her current work explores how design disciplines during the late 19th through 20th century instrumentalized conceptions of “savage thought” to gain access to the mind’s putatively unconscious methods of semiotic production, a tendency leading to what she terms “semiotic apartheids”. This work has received support from the Social Science Research Council, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, the Graham Foundation, the Terra Foundation, and Columbia University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics.
Other research pursuits include relationships between forms of land tenure and land aesthetics; and hereditary evolution’s ideological and technological histories.