Kimberly Elman Zarecor is a historian, design educator, and the program director for Interdisciplinary Design in the College of Design at Iowa State University. She holds a BA in Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and MArch and PhD degrees from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. Her research in architectural history focuses on postwar Czechoslovakia and the intersection of communism and design. She is the author of Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity: Housing in Czechoslovakia, 1945-1960 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011). She is currently researching and writing about shrinking places, both post-socialist industrial cities in the former Soviet Bloc and a new project about small rural communities in Iowa with funding from the National Science Foundation.