Denise Rao Costanzo is an assistant professor of theory and criticism at the Pennsylvania State University. An architectural historian with a background in architecture and art history, her research centers on the exchange of American and European architectural ideas, with a focus on how references to Italy reveal the mechanics of architectural power during the 20th century. Her current book project, for which she was awarded a Rome Prize fellowship from the American Academy in Rome for 2014-15, is titled Eternal City, New Lessons: Modern Architects and the Postwar Rome Prize. 

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