Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-century American and European Art
Statement of Research Interests:
My approach to art history is an interdisciplinary one. I study the visual and material culture of the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries in Britain and the United States from an intersectional feminist perspective. Areas of specific research interest include: exhibition culture, the circulation of prints, the decorative arts, public and private mourning, and amateur art and craft.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy:
As an art historian, I am concerned with effective visual and written communication. I strongly believe in the craft of writing and see it as an essential skill for all academic disciplines. In our society, students are not often encouraged to analyze our rich visual culture, and I seek to promote visual as well as verbal literacy. As a teacher, I aim to foster critical thinking in my students and encourage creative approaches to the production of academic work. I believe that good readers make good writers and the best writing is produced through rewriting!
In 2015-16, I was a Jameson Fellow for American Decorative Arts at the Bayou Bend Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Currently, I am a Curatorial Intern in American Painting and Sculpture at the MFAH. In addition to my PhD work in art history, I have a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and I am practicing visual artist. I live in Montrose with my husband and a variety of pets.