Professional and Biographical Information

Degrees

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2015)
M.A., Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (2008)
B.A., Vassar College (2004)

Teaching Interests

 At Amherst, I teach the history of contemporary art from a transnational perspective. In my courses, we ask: How does the work of art operate in the world and how does the world operate in the work of art? This line of inquiry helps us think about the relationship between “the contemporary” and art history as well as about the relationship of art to history more generally. Among other topics, students will explore the politics of aesthetics, the history of exhibitions, the materiality of recent practices, and the interactions between art and the process sometimes known as globalization. These will be core concerns of the courses “Introduction to Contemporary Art since 1960,” “Art’s World since 1989,” and “Modes of Making: Art, 1996-2016.” 

Research Interests

In my scholarship, I analyze the ways in which twentieth- and twenty-first century art has been entangled with political and economic processes, especially those relating to the spread of capitalism. Crucial to this research is an investigation of how this entanglement may be seen to manifest in the formal and material components of specific works of art. In one developing project, I investigate art made in the new millennium, and the ways in which its production engages with 1) the global division of labor and 2) the growing role of the Internet in contemporary society. In a second research project, I look further back, to the 1930s and 1940s, so as to analyze art from Latin America and its negotiation of shifting trade patterns, geopolitical realignments, and what is sometimes called import substitution industrialization.

Selected Fellowships

Postdoctoral fellowship, Getty Research Institute

International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Social Science Research Council (Mellon Foundation)

Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, Social Science Research Council (Mellon Foundation)

Schlossman Research Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology