- PhD, University of Illinois, Art and Architectural History of the United States
- MA, University of Illinois, Art and Architectural History of the United States
- BA, Mount Holyoke College, Art History
Research & Teaching Interests
- At Roanoke College I teach all courses in the Modern and Contemporary Areasencompassing art and architecture from the eighteenth century through today. I am deeply committed to active learning at all levels of the curriculum including field-work in-person study of sites and objects and service learning.
- My primary research area of focus is the Art and Architecture of the United States from ca. 1790-1850. I have additional research interest in British and Modern Italian Art. I am interested in the intersections of art, architecture, and landscape history. My work often engages with transatlantic or transnational methodology. and aesthetic theory of the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries. I also have a strong interest in Classical reception and its influence on art and architecture of these centuries.
- In additionl to disciplinary research, I conduct research in the scholarship of teaching and learning. I am also highly-invested in community engaged teaching and research with current collaborations with the Taubman Museum of Art, the Clay Center / Juliet Art Museum in Charleston, WV, and neighborhood organizations in Southeast Roanoke and Pittsburgh's Historic Hill District.
- I am at work on researching a book about a monumental sculpture commission for the United States Capitol in the 19th Century. This project is currently entitled: Modelling Civilization: Transnational Sculpture and the United States Capitol, 1836-1865. This research has been supported by the Terra Foundation Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome, by a Franklin Grant from the American Philosophical Society, and the Summer Stipend of the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as internal grants from Roanoke College.
- Epic Landscapes: Benjamin Henry Latrobe and the Art of Watercolor (University of Delaware Press, 2019)
- "More than a Passing Observation": William Louis Sonntag and Landscape Mania in the United States (Roanoke College and Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo Center for Art, 2022)
- Guest Editor, “Teaching American Art,” guest edited special issue of Art History Pedagogy and Practice Vol. 6: Issue 1 (Spring 2021) https://academicworks.cuny.edu/ahpp/vol6/iss1/
- “Art History and its Publics: Weighing the Pedagogical and Research Benefits of Community-Engagement” pg. 49-64 in Socially-Engaged Art History and Beyond: Alternative Approaches to the Theory and Practice of Art History. Edited by Cindy Persinger and Azar Rejaie. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan for Springer Nature, 2021.
- “Building Community (Art) History in “Standing Together: the Selma Burke Project” co-authored with Ms. Terri Baltimore pg. 251-258 in Socially-Engaged Art History and Beyond: Alternative Approaches to the Theory and Practice of Art History. Edited by Cindy Persinger and Azar Rejaie. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan for Springer Nature, 2021.
- “John Flaxman Redux: Copying, Homage, and Allusion in the Sketches of Benjamin Henry Latrobe,” The British Art Journal XIX:2 (Winter 2018/2019): 106-113.
- “Shattered Landscapes: Revolutionary Ruins in the Virginian Watercolors of Benjamin Henry Latrobe.” Art Inquiries XVII:2 (December 2017): 155-171.
- “Against the ‘Coverage’ Mentality: Rethinking Learning Outcomes and the Core Curriculum” in Art History Pedagogy and Practice 1:1 (Fall 2016) http://academicworks.cuny.edu/ahpp/
- “Critical Perception: an Exploration of the Cognitive Gains of Material Culture Pedagogy” in Winterthur Portfolio 47:2/3 (Summer/Autumn 2013): 117-138.
- “Uniting the Arts and the Academy: a History of the College Art Association Annual Conference,” pgs. 89-128 in The Eye, The Hand, The Mind: 100 Years of The College Art Association, edited by Susan Ball. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2011.
- “Beyond the Mohawk Warrior: Reinterpreting Benjamin West’s evocations of American Indians,” in Transatlanticism: Identities and Exchanges a special issue of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Nineteenth-Century, 9 (Autumn 2009) www.19.bbk.ac.uk
Available as a Media resource for the following topics
- Art and Architecture of the United States; Landscape; Historic Preservation and Documentation; Art of the United States Capitol; Community-Engaged Art History; Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (especially for Art History)
Willing to speak to professional, social or civic groups on
- Art and Architecture of the United States; Landscape; Historic Preservation and Documentation; Art of the United States Capitol
Major Grants and Fellowships
- Newberry Library Short Term Fellowship, 2024
- Caleb Loring Jr. Fellowship, Boston Athenaeum, 2024
- Terra Foundation Fellow, American Academy in Rome, 2022
- Franklin Grant, American Philosophical Society, 2020
- Winterthur Research Fellow, Winterthur Museum & Country Estates, 2014
- Research Fellow, Yale Center for British Art, Yale University, 2014
- Joshua C. Taylor Postdoctoral Fellow, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009-2010
- Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Fellowship in American Art, 2007-2008