Art History Department

Parissien, Steven DPhil Oxon

Executive Director, The Bata Shoe Museum


Dr. Parissien obtained both his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Oxford University, specializing in eighteenth-century architectural culture. After working for the Georgian Group and English Heritage, he became the Assistant Director of Yale University’s Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. Prior to his 2009 appointment as Director of Compton Verney, Dr. Parissien was Dean of Arts, Professor of Architectural History and Master of Ceremonies at the University of Plymouth. His research and writing has extensively focused on cultural history and includes 12 books to date, including George IV: The Grand Entertainment (2001), Interiors: The Home Since 1700 (2008), The Life of the Automobile (2013) and The Comfort of the Past: Building Oxford and Beyond 1815-2015 (2015).

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