Emily Makaš has a Ph.D. in the history of architecture and urbanism from Cornell University (2007), a master's degree in historic preservation from Columbia University (1997), and a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Tennessee (1995).
Makaš’s research focuses on the history of modern European cities, specifically engages the relationships among architecture, urbanism, heritage, memory, identity, and politics. Her recent work, which she has presented extensively at conferences, explores relationships between museums and urban and national identities in Sarajevo and Mostar. She is currently completing a monograph on commemoration, heritage reconstruction, and public space in Bosnia-Hercegovina titled "Urban and National Identities and the Rebuilding of Mostar" (forthcoming from Routledge). She is also currently editing the volume "Planning Eastern European Capital Cities, 1945-1989" (forthcoming from Routledge). Her other key publications include the edited volume "Capital Cities in the Aftermath of Empires: Planning in Central and Southeastern Europe" (Routledge, 2010, co-edited with T.D. Conley) and "Architectural Conservation in Europe and the Americas" (Wiley, 2011, co-authored with J.H. Stubbs).
In the School of Architecture, her teaching relates to her research interests and includes upper level history seminars on topics such as museums, adaptive reuse, capital cities, and architecture and national identity. Makaš also regularly teaches the History of Architecture Survey, Historiographic Methods, and Writing Architecture courses and advises students in the minor in Architectural History and Criticism. She has co-led study abroad programs to Berlin (Spring 2010, Summer 2019) and Central European Capital Cities (Summer 2012).