Faculty / College of Liberal Arts

Emily Bills

Participating Adjunct Professor,
Coordinator, Urban Studies Program
Communications Coordinator, College of Liberal Arts

Emily Bills received her PhD in the history of architecture and urban planning from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. She is Participating Adjunct Professor and Coordinator of the Urban Studies Program at Woodbury University. She is also the California Coordinator for the Society of Architectural Historian’s Archipedia project. Emily’s work on telephone infrastructure and the development of Los Angeles received a Graham Foundation Carty Manny Award Citation of Special Recognition. She’s also received fellowship and grant support from the Smithsonian, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Haynes Foundation, UCLA, and the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation. Her work on architecture and urbanism has been published in many journals and books, including Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America; Women and Things: Gendered Material Practices, 1750-1950; Engagement Party, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Visual Merchandising: The Art of Selling. She has curated exhibitions on William F. Cody, Hélène Binet, Pedro E. Guerrero, Catherine Opie, and Richard Barnes, among others.

Emily is currently working on a book about architectural photographer Marvin Rand, to be published by Phaidon and a book about the history of telecommunications infrastructure and urban development in Los Angeles, to be published by University of Pittsburgh Press.


Ph.D., History of Architecture and Urban Planning, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University,
B.A. Art History, University of Southern California, Berkeley