Gail Mohanty

Gail Fowler Mohanty has been a lecturer in the department of History, Philosophy and the Social Sciences since September 2003. She has degrees in Anthropology (Historic Archeology) and American Civilization (Material Culture), and her research interests have centered on the history of American technology and in particular textile technology in relationship to hand workers and craft labor. This work has resulted in a book and several articles, one of which received the Samuel Eleazer and Rose Tartakow Levinson Prize from the Society for the History of Technology. Prior to coming to RISD, she was employed in history museums preserving marine and fire memorabilia and industrial history as both curator and director.

Fall 2018 Courses

  • HPSS-S101-01 Topics: History, Philosophy, & The Social Sciences

Spring 2019 Courses

  • HPSS-S150-01 American History Through Things
  • HPSS-S101-05 Topics: History, Philosophy, & The Social Sciences
  • HPSS-S101-25 Topics: History, Philosophy, & The Social Sciences


Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graphic Design History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles Theory + History of Art + Design