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Oklahoma State University

Rabens, Michael, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Brief Vita
Professor Rabens holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (1982) and a Master of Architecture (1984) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as M.F.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1992) degrees in art history from Princeton University. He has taught at a number of institutions, including the University of Missouri (Columbia and Kansas City campuses), Kansas State University, the University of Florida, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He joined the faculty of Oklahoma State University in 2005.

Fulbright Fellowship (1987), Graham Foundation Research Grant (1987), Mellon Fellowship (1991)

Publications include: "Baroque Visions of the Temple of Jerusalem” (1995), “La fausse généalogie des Mansart” (1999), and "To Find the Right Style: Byzantine Synagogues in America" (2014).

Areas of Interest
Professor Rabens’s primary research interests lie in the history of Renaissance/Baroque architecture, particularly that of 17th-century France. He has devoted considerable study to the life and work of Jules Hardouin-Mansart (1646-1708). He also maintains a solid interest in American architecture of the 19th and 20th centuries and is currently working on a survey of Chicago apartment buildings of the period 1890-1930.