Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European Art
Statement of Research Interests:
As a PhD candidate in art history, I specialize in British art of the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. I typically focus on painting, drawing, and prints, and I often use socio-historical theories to frame my interpretive questions. My dissertation considers the estate views of British landscape artist, JMW Turner, in relation to social, artistic, and biographic ideas about history, heritage, and legacy.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy:
Knowing how to communicate oneâ€™s ideas effectively is one of the most important skills in any field. As an art historian, I rely on both verbal and visual communication, often using them interchangeably. Over the course of my studies, I have learned how to craft outlines that guide my writing as well as organizational structures that help drive the argument in a compelling manner. My philosophy on writing is that no matter the task at hand â€“ be it outlining, writing, or revising â€“ success is always an ongoing process that requires hard work. A clunky first draft is never a failure; it is the beginning of a well-crafted piece of writing.
I have completed several curatorial fellowships at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Most recently, I acted as assistant curator for the large retrospective, Degas: A New Vision. In addition to academic work, I have served as External Vice President for the Humanities Graduate Student Association and student/faculty liaison for the art history department. When I am not busy with school commitments, I am most likely catching up on fun reading, watching my cats romp around the house, or trying out new recipes.