AboutI teach art history and American studies to undergrad non-majors at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY, where I chair the Interdisciplinary Studies department and am creating a new Interdisciplinary Studies major. Courses I teach include American Art, Art of Social Change, Commemorative Practices, Public Art, and Art in NYC.
I co-edited the journal Public Art Dialogue with Cameron Cartiere for four years. Our last issue, with guest co-editor Anthony Schrag, on the theme of the “Failure of Public Art,” is forthcoming Fall 2020. With Sierra Rooney and Harriet F. Senie, I edited the volume, Teachable Monuments: Using Public Art to Spark Dialogue and Confront Controversies (forthcoming from Bloomsbury Publishing, March 2021 ).
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: Memory, Gender, and Taste in America’s World War I Memorials (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
“(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