I study moments when art intervened in the culture and politics of North and South America (my major and minor fields). My academic research focuses on the nineteenth-century United States, specifically the ways in which public art museums were shaped by the politics of abolitionism, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. I presented my work at the 2019 College Art Association conference as part of a panel on the “Visual Culture of Art History Education,” and my research has been supported by a Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Fellowship in American Art and an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the American Philosophical Society.
In addition to my academic work, I am committed to supporting artists in my local community. As an art critic, I explored Houston as the epicenter of the global energy industry and a gateway to Latin America, writing for numerous magazines and exhibition catalogs. I am now developing a critical practice in Savannah, a city that is deeply steeped in history and full of artists from diverse cultures and regions of the world.