I am a historian of art and visual culture in early-modern Europe with an emphasis on printed images and print culture through the 1820s. My research has received support from the German Studies Association, the Newberry Library, and the Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation.


Ph.D.   University of California, Santa Barbara, History of Art and Architecture
M.A.    Hunter College, City University of New York, Art History
B.A. summa cum laude    Hunter College, City University of New York, German Language and Literature; Art History with honors


“‘Eyed Awry’: Blind Spots and Memoria in the Zimmern Anamorphosis.” Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art 10, no. 2 (Summer 2018).

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    My research examines art and visual culture in early-modern Northern Europe, ca. 1400-1600. My dissertation, ‘Was Sichst Du? The Instrumentation of Sight in Early Modern German Art, explores the use of perspectival techniques in paintings and prints to establish a mode of active reception grounded in period concepts of memory and vision.

    My current book project is provisionally entitled From Obsolescence to Fine Art: Woodcut Revivals in Eighteenth-Century Europe. It concerns the resurgence of early-modern woodcut images and their critical reception in central Germany and Britain from approximately 1760 to 1820 in the context of selected art academies’, collectors’, and publishers’ relations to printed image media. This project tests the assumption that when a form of technology loses validity as an industrial medium, it is reborn as an artistic one.

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