- Freedom and the Cage: Modern Architecture and Psychiatry in Central Europe 1890-1914 (in progress)
- Architecture and Truth in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna, Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Edited books and journals
- Madness and Modernity: Mental Illness and the Visual Arts in Vienna 1900, edited by Gemma Blackshaw and Leslie Topp, Lund Humphries: 2009 (Published in German by Christian Brandstätter in 2010) www.lundhumphries.com/isbn/9781848220201
- Madness, Architecture and the Built Environment: Psychiatric Spaces in Historical Context, edited by Leslie Topp, James Moran and Jonathan Andrews, Routledge, 2007.
- New Worlds: German and Austrian Art 1890-1940, edited by Renée Price with Pamela Kort and Leslie Topp, Yale University Press and Neue Galerie New York, 2001. In German as Neue Welten: Deutsche und Österreichische Kunst 1890-1940, Dumont, 2001.
Chapters in books
- 'The Mad Objects of Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Journeys, Contexts and Dislocations in the exhibition "Madness and Modernity', in Gemma Blackshaw and Sabine Wieber, eds, Journeys into Madness: Mapping Mental Illness in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Berghahn, 2012, 10-26.
- 'International Models, Regional Politics and the Architecture of Psychiatric Institutions in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy', in Michael Guggenheim and Ola Söderström, eds. Re-Shaping Cities: How Global Mobility Transforms Architecture and Urban Form Routledge, 2010, 143-164.
- 'Scrutinised Bodies and Lunatic Utopias: Mental illness, psychiatry and the visual arts in Vienna, 1898–1914' (with Gemma Blackshaw) in Blackshaw and Topp, eds, Madness and Modernity, 14-37.
- 'Modernity follows madness? Viennese architecture for mental illness and nervous disorders' (with Nicola Imrie) in Blackshaw and Topp, eds, Madness and Modernity, 76-99.
- 'Erwin Pendl (studio), Model of Lower Austrian Provincial Institution for the Cure and Care of the Mentally Ill "Am Steinhof", c. 1907' in Blackshaw and Topp, eds, Madness and Modernity, 100-109.
- 'Architecture, Psychiatry and the Rural Idyll: The Agricultural Colony at Kierling-Gugging' (with Sabine Wieber), in E. Gabriel and M. Gamper, Eds., Psychiatrische Institutionen in Österreich um 1900. Vienna: Verlagshaus der Ärzte, 2009, 107-118
- 'The Modern Mental Hospital in Late Nineteenth-Century Germany and Austria: Psychiatric Space and Images of Freedom and Control ', in Topp, Moran and Andrews, eds, Madness, Architecture and the Built Environment, 241-261.
- 'Moments in the American Reception of German and Austrian Decorative Arts' and 'Josef Hoffmann', in Price, Kort and Topp, eds. New Worlds, 480-486, 572-582.
- 'Complexity and Coherence: The Challenge of the Asylum Mortuary in Central Europe, 1898-1908', JSAH: Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 71, no.1 (March 2012): 9-41.
- 'Architecture, Psychiatry and Lebensreform at an Agricultural Colony for the Insane – Lower Austria, 1903' (with Sabine Wieber), Central Europe, 7 (2009): 125-49
- 'Psychiatric Institutions, Their Architecture, and the Politics of Regional Autonomy in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy' Studies in the History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (2007) 38: 733-755.
- 'Otto Wagner and the Steinhof Psychiatric Hospital: Architecture as Misunderstanding', Art Bulletin (March 2005) 87(1):130-156.
- 'Architecture and Mental Illness: The Psychiatric Hospitals in Trieste and Gorizia – Issues and Questions', archivio trentino: Rivista di Studi sull'Eta Moderna e Contemporanea (Trento, Italy) January 2004.
- 'An Architecture for Modern Nerves: Josef Hoffmann's Purkersdorf Sanatorium,' Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (December 1997) 56(4):414-437. Winner of the Founder's Award from the Society of Architectural Historians, USA 1997.
- Reviewed books and exhibitions for Oxford Art Journal, 26 (2003): 156-158, Oxford Art Journal, 28 (2005): 126-129, Social History of Medicine, 16 (2003): 539-540, The Burlington Magazine, 150 (2008): 562-563, The Journal of Architecture, 3 (2008): 529-533; Oxford Art Journal, 32 (2009): 321-324, JSAH 70 (2011): 556-557.
Selected conference papers and presentations
- 'Single Rooms,' academic session at the Society of Architectural Historians annual conference, Buffalo, NY, USA, April 2013. Chair of session.
- 'Freedom and the Cage: Modern Architecture and Psychiatry in Central Europe, 1898-1914,' History and Theory Research Seminar, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge, November 2012
- Chair of and participant in 'Inside the Outside' panel discussion, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, November 2012
- 'Politics and Architecture: Definitions, Methods, Possibilities,' round table at the European Architectural Historians Network biannual conference, Brussels, June 2012. Co-chairing with Dr Christine Stevenson (Courtauld).
- 'Death and the Asylum: Mortuaries in Early 20th-century Habsburg Institutions', public lecture hosted by Graduate Group in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Classics and History of Art, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, March 2012
- 'The challenge of the asylum mortuary in early 20th-century Central Europe,' Twentieth-Century Thinktank research seminar, Cambridge University Department of History and Philosophy of Science, February 2012
- 'Death, Insanity and Architecture circa 1900: An Austrian Asylum Mortuary' round table position paper, European Architectural Historians Network biannual conference, Guimaires, Portugal, June 2010
- 'The Mad Objects of Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: contexts old and new in a planned exhibition' Association of Art Historians conference, London, April 2008
- 'Architecture, Psychiatry and the Rural Idyll: The Agricultural Colony at Kierling-Gugging' (with Dr Sabine Wieber), Psychiatrische - und ähnliche - Institutionen um 1900. Konzepte, Realisierungen, Praxis, Institute for the History of Medicine, Vienna, October 2007; paper also delivered at Journeys into Madness: Representations of Mental Illness in the Arts and Sciences, 1850-1930, London, Wellcome Collection, October 2007
- 'Habsburg Psychiatric Institutions: Medicine, Government and Architecture in International and Regional Contexts', Science and Medicine in the Multinational Empires of Central and Eastern Europe, 1848-1918, Cambridge University Department of History and Philosophy of Science, June 2006
- 'Architecture, Psychiatry and the Modernist Mental Hospital in Early-Twentieth-Century Austria', Cambridge University Department of History and Philosophy of Science, March 2005
- 'The Modernist Mental Hospital in the Habsburg Empire, 1890-1914', Oxford University Faculty of Modern History, May 2004
- 'Steinhof: The Modernist Mental Hospital and its Representations', College Art Association annual conference, Seattle, February 2004
- '"A Close Relationship to the Minor Arts": Josef Hoffmann's Reception in America', College Art Association annual conference, Philadelphia, February 2002
- 'The Looshaus (Vienna, 1909-12) as a Place of Memory and Forgetting', College Art Association annual conference, New York, February 2000
Curatorial and research consultancies
- Curated exhibition 'Madness and Modernity: Mental Illness and the Visual Arts in Vienna 1900', with Gemma Blackshaw, Wellcome Collection, London, April-June 2009, and (with Gemma Blackshaw and Sabine Wieber) Wien Museum, Vienna, January-April 2010
- reviewed in: The New Statesman, Wall Street Journal Europe, Financial Times, London Evening Standard, The Independent, The Lancet, British Medical Journal, BBC Radio 4 ('Front Row' and 'Saturday Review')
- Director of AHRC-funded project, 'Madness and Modernity: Art, Architecture and Mental Illness in Vienna and the Habsburg Empire, 1890-1914', 2004-2008
- Member of the advisory committee for the AHRC-funded project 'The Viennese Café and Fin-de-Siècle Culture', Royal College of Art and Birkbeck College