AboutI teach art history and American studies to undergrad non-majors at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY, where I am helping to launch an Interdisciplinary Studies department and major. Courses I teach include American Art, Art of Social Change, Commemorative Practices, Public Art, and Art in NYC.
I co-edit the journal Public Art Dialogue with Cameron Cartiere (Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver). Sierra Rooney (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse) and I are co-editing a volume with Harriet Senie (CUNY City College & Graduate Center), Teachable Monuments: Using Public Art to Spark Dialogue and Confront Controversies (Bloomsbury).
I have published on the domestic display of FDR portraits in photographs by Gordon Parks and Jack Delano (Winterthur Portfolio) and on World War I memorial sculpture in the United States in a book, Sculpting Doughboys (published 2013 by Ashgate and available as an e-book from Routledge) and in the journals American Art, Woman’s Art Journal, and Public Art Dialogue.
My research and teaching interests include public art, art of social change, and the display of presidential portraits.
EducationWilliams College (BA); Stony Brook University (PhD)
Work Shared in CORE
Other PublicationsSculpting Doughboys: Memory, Gender and Taste in America’s World War I Memorials
“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/ “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
ProjectsTeachable Monuments anthology, co-editing with Sierra Rooney (Bloomsbury Publishing)
“(In)famous: Contemporary Lessons from History’s Heroes,” essay about the two Henry Ward Beecher monuments in downtown Brooklyn for forthcoming Routledge Companion to Art in the Public Realm, co-edited by Cameron Cartiere and Leon Tan
book project, 100 Cities 100 Memorials commemorative volume
book project, the display of portraits of US presidents
Upcoming Talks and ConferencesChairing a session, “Power to the People? Displaying Portraits of Public Political Figures,” at SECAC 2019
MembershipsPublic Art Dialogue
Association of Historians of American Art