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Dr. Bridget May
Assistant Chair and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Interior Design; Professor of Interior Design
Contact Information

(703) 284-1671

Academic Credentials

B.F.A., Louisiana Tech University
M.A., Louisiana State University
Ph.D., The University of Georgia
Other study: Winterthur Museum Summer Institute, Winterthur DE; Victorian Society Summer School, Newport, RI
Teaching Areas:
  • History of Interiors
  • Historic Interiors, Historic Documentation & Design
  • Historic Preservation
  • Research Methods in Interior Design
Research Interests:
  • Nancy McClelland and other Women Interior Decorators
  • History of Interior Decoration
  • Interior Decorator Education
  • Colonial Revival
  • Research Methods in Interior
Dr. Bridget May teaches history and research in Marymount’s undergraduate and graduate Interior Design programs. A former chair of the department, she is a faculty sponsor of the Interior Design Alliance and belongs to the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC). In IDEC, Dr. May has held several offices and served in various capacities. She is on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Interior Design and Interiors: Architecture, Culture and Society, where she is also Exhibition Review Editor.

Dr. May, Buie Harwood, and Curt Sherman wrote Architecture and Interior Design from Antiquity through the 18th Century: An Integrated History and Architecture and Interior Design from the 19th Century: An Integrated History. Both were awarded the Polsky Prize by ASID. Dr. May published several refereed journal articles and frequently gives national and international presentations of her research, which centers on early interior decorators and interior decoration. She has co-hosted two international conferences on interior design history.