AboutI teach art history at St. Francis College, in Brooklyn, NY. My research interests include public art, and American art and material culture.
I wrote a book on World War I memorials, Sculpting Doughboys: Memory, Gender, and Taste in America’s World War I Memorials (2013), and articles and essays on World War I memorials, public art, and the domestic display of FDR portraits. I co-edited the journal Public Art Dialogue for four years (2017-2020) and I edited a volume, Teachable Monuments: Using Public Art to Spark Dialogue and Confront Controversy, with Sierra Rooney and Harriet F. Senie (March 2021). I am currently working on photographers Louis Carlos Bernal, Bruce Davidson, and Marion Palfi, their connections with the civil rights movement, and representations of JFK portraits in domestic interiors.
At St. Francis College, I teach art history and American studies to undergraduate non-majors and I chair a new Interdisciplinary Studies department. My courses include American Art, Art in NYC, Public Art, Commemorative Practices, and Art of Social Change. I especially enjoy bringing my students to museums, galleries, archives, artists’ estates, artists’ studios, and sites of public art around the city. I have written about teaching in two essays, including “(In)famous: Contemporary Lessons from History’s Heroes,” which is about teaching the two Henry Ward Beecher sculptures in Brooklyn Heights. The essay appears as a chapter in the Routledge Companion to Art in the Public Realm(2020) edited by Cameron Cartiere and Leon Tan.
My book reviews appear in a number of publications, including Woman’s Art Journal, Panorama: the Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art, and the Journal of American History.
EducationWilliams College (BA); Stony Brook University (PhD)
Work Shared in CORE
“(In)famous: Contemporary Lessons from History’s Heroes,” invited contribution to The Routledge Companion to Art in the Public Realm
, edited by Cameron Cartiere and Leon Tan (Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge, October 2020): 164-174. [about teaching the two Henry Ward Beecher sculptures in downtown Brooklyn]
“Sculpture and Lived Space,” invited essay on the state of the field of sculpture in Panorama, the journal of the Association of Historians of American Art
3, no. 1 (Summer 2017) https://editions.lib.umn.edu/panorama/article/state-of-the-field-studies-in-american-sculpture/sculpture-and-lived-space/ Sculpting Doughboys: Memory, Gender, and Taste in America’s World War I Memorials
(Ashgate, 2013) “Real Art, War Art, and the Politics of Peace Memorials in the United States after World War I,” Public Art Dialogue vol. 2, no. 2 (September 2012): 162-189.
“Memorials, Motherhood, and Anti-Militarism: Bashka Paeff’s Sacrifices of War
,” Woman’s Art Journal
, vol. 29, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2008): 31-40.
“Monumental Visions: Women Sculptors and World War I” in Women and Things: Gendered Material Strategies, 1750-1950
Edited by Maureen Daly Goggin and Beth Fowkes Tobin (Surrey, England; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2009), 299-320.
Book & exhibit reviews appear in Woman’s Art Journal
, The Public Historian
, and The Journal of American History
Projectsinvited author, 100 Cities 100 Memorials commemorative volume
article on changing audience reception of and engagement with the two Henry Ward Beecher sculptures in downtown Brooklyn from their dedication to the present
book project, the domestic display of portraits of US presidents
MembershipsCollege Art Association
Public Art Dialogue
Association of Historians of American Art