I am an American art historian based in Colchester, UK. I am interested in the operation of images in society, the role of art in the public sphere, and visual impact of the mass media in America since 1930.
My PhD dissertation Modern Art for Middle America: American Abstraction in Mass Magazines, 1946-1960, examines how mass magazines defined modern art and its role in postwar American culture for a broad public by presenting Abstract Expressionism and other art in relation to cultural hierarchies, consumerism, and Cold War political rhetoric.
2016 Ph.D. Art
Brookes University, UK
Thesis: Modern Art for Middle America: American Abstraction in Mass Magazines, 1946-1960
(Completed part-time with two years of maternity leave)
Supervisors: Nancy Jachec, Elizabeth Darling
2000-2005 Ph.D. Student, Art
University of New York at Binghamton, USA
Completed coursework and formulated a lengthy dissertation proposal
Transferred to Oxford Brookes after moving to the UK
Advisor: John Tagg
2000 M.A. Art
of Florida, Gainesville, USA
Thesis: Selling American Art: Celebrity and Success in the Postwar New York Art Market
Advisor: Alexander Alberro
1998 B.A. History of the Arts, Stetson
University, DeLand, Florida, USA
(self-defined interdisciplinary honors program major in Humanities) Minor: Spanish
Research and Teaching Interests
Areas of Specialization: Modern art and theory, American visual culture since 1930, history of photography
Topics of Interest: cultural hierarchies, public art issues, photojournalism, modern design, advertising, Cold War culture, the art market, institutional histories, gender studies, identity
Full Curriculum Vitae(PDF file)
Since I began my PhD, I have had 3 advisors at 2 different universities, 7 house moves (one of which was transatlantic), and 2 babies. It hasn't been easy, but I am proud to have finished despite these interruptions and while being the primary caregiver for my small children.
I am currently teaching part-time at the University of Essex. I am interested in other positions in the East of England, London, or the U.S.