I research and write about Franz Marc from the dual perspectives of Animal Studies and the German aesthetic, philosophical, and psychological frameworks of Einfühlung, Nachträglichkeit, and Trauerarbeit. Marc is a natural subject for these approaches so it is not as complicated as it sounds! In the course of my research I have developed several side projects about recovered biography and Raubkunst, among other things – and there things become a bit tricky. I write the articles and book reviews you would expect, and am a staff writer for the Italian Art Society blog and the technology manager for the for IAS website. (Whatever the opposite of horror vacui is I have it so a redesign will begin sometime soon.) I also have my own website, German Modernism, which is about that subject, particularly Franz Marc, but also about the historical avant-garde, Futurism, contemporary art, and animals. My PhD will hopefully be granted by the University of Otago in New Zealand in 2017. I have been lucky to spend most of the past three years in Germany, based at the Universität Kassel’s Tier-Mensch Gesellschaft.


PhD Candidate, Art History/Germanistik, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand (Erasmus+ Fellow / Guest Researcher at Universität Kassel – 2016-2017) Master of Arts, Art History, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (2012) Master of Arts, Information Science, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (2009) Bachelor of Arts, Art History, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (2008)

Other Publications

To Never Know You: Archival Photographs of Franz Marc and Russi Marc – G. Aloi (ed.): Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, Volume 41. (London: Antennae Project), [forthcoming] September 2017. (http://www.antennae.org.uk) Ein Manifest der Freundschaft – Trang Vu Thuy (ed.), “Blog des Lenbachhauses,” Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich, Germany, February 2015. ) Ideological Objects: Zum Vortrag von Isabelle Graw Der Wert des Lebendigen – Malerei als indexikalisches Medium in der neuen Ökonomie, (ed.) Althaus, K., The Lenbachhaus, Munich, June 2013.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“The Role of Einfühlung in the New Biography,” Panelist: Navigating Aesthetics, Empathy, and Panic (Sponsored by the Emotion Studies Network) of the German Studies Association. German Studies Association Conference, 5-8 October 2017, Atlanta, Georgia.


  • College Art Association
  • German Studies Association
  • Italian Art Society
  • Association of Print Scholars
  • Historians of German, Scandinavian, and Central European Art (HGSCEA)
  • Ars Graphica / Ars Graphica Deutschland
  • New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies

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