I am a professor of art history at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, where I teach general education courses on modern and contemporary art to artists and designers.
I completed my PhD in art history at Rice University in 2018 with a dissertation that exposes racial politics as a driving force behind the institutionalization of art histories in U.S. museums. My approach was object-based and deductive, a method the art historian Jules Prown defined as an “empathetic linking of the material (actual) or represented world of the object with the perceiver’s world of existence and experience.” Beginning each chapter with a widely celebrated painting or sculpture on display in the mid-nineteenth-century United States, I reconstructed the context in which the artwork was displayed. From this context, I analyzed the ways in which the exhibition defined and contested racial categories at the very moment when prominent institutions were founded.
My current research lies at the intersection of American Art, museum studies, and cultural history, with my methodological approach utilizing critical race theory as well as critical theory, more broadly. (See the research and teaching pages linked above for more information on my work.)