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PhD, Brown University, History of Art and Architecture, Providence, RI, 2016

MA, Stony Brook University, Art History and Crticism, Stony Brook, NY, 2009
Graduate Certificate in Art and Philosophy​

BA, Dartmouth College, Studio Art (photography concentration), Hanover, NH, 2004


Title: Greater American Modernism: U.S. Photography and the Mexican Cultural Renaissance, 1920-1945

Chair: Douglas Nickel, Professor of Modern Art, Brown University

Readers: Wanda Corn, Professor Emerita in Art History, Stanford University; Stephanie Merrim, Professor of Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies, Brown University

Summary: a study of the work four major U.S. modernist photographers created in Mexico, the conditions that drew them south, and the exchanges they had with modern Mexican artists. Through sustained dialogue with Mexican artists working in a variety of media, Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, Paul Strand, and Helen Levitt contributed to a nascent Pan-American modernism by picturing Greater America. My research examines U.S. art history in an international context—thereby construing American art history broadly—and places photography back into conversation with painting, literature, and music.​

Research and Teaching Interests

Modern Art of the Americas; History of Photography; Mexican Cultural Renaissance; 19th and 20th-Century Modern Art; U.S. Art History; Technical Art History; Visual Culture

Grants and Fellowships


Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI) Fellowship (declined), Amherst College, Amherst, MA

Summer 2017

Fleur Cowles Endowment Research Fellowship, Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX


Rosenkranz Grant for Pedagogical Advancement, Center for Teaching and Learning, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Fall 2016

Davidson Family Fellowship (declined), Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX


Professional Development Honorable Mention in Art History, College Art Association, ,


Wyeth Predoctoral Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Spring 2015

Research Center Scholar, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, NM

Summer 2014

Diane and Trevor Morris Fellowship, Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, Pasadena, CA

Summer 2013

Edward Weston Family Fellowship, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ

2010 – 2011

Professor R. Bruce Lindsay Graduate Fellowship, Brown University, Providence, RI

2007 – 2009

Presidential Graduate Fellowship, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Travel Awards


International Research Travel Grant for U.S.-based Scholars, Terra Foundation for American Art, Paris,

Spring 2015
Fall 2013

Conference Travel Fund Award, Brown University Graduate School, Providence, RI

Fall 2013

International Travel Fund Award, Brown University Graduate School, Providence, RI

Fall 2013

Gulnar Bosch Travel Assistance Award for travel to Greensboro, NC, Brown University, Providence, RI

Summer 2013

Joukowsky Summer Research Award, Brown University Graduate School, Providence, RI

Summer 2011

Kermit Champa Memorial Fund Travel Award, Brown University, Providence, RI

Teaching Experience


Teaching Assistant at Brown University
Introduction to the History of Art and Architecture
History of Modernist Photography
Contemporary Architecture
Masterpieces of Western Art and Architecture


Lecturer in the History of Art Department and Program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration (full time) at Yale University
The Mexican Cultural Renaissance, 1920-1940
Photographing the Americas (freshman seminar)
Material History of Twentieth-Century Photography (co-taught, Paul Messier)
Critical Approaches to Art History (co-taught, Erica James)
Visual Culture of the National Parks
Twentieth-Century Latin American Art


Teaching Assistant at Stony Brook University
American Art 1620-1870
Ancient Egyptian Art
Art History Survey: Renaissance through the Present
Art History Survey: Prehistory through the Middle Ages


Under review

“‘The Last Word in Direct Naïve Realism’: Diego Rivera, Edward Weston, and Pulquerías." American Art

March 2018

“Natural Photographs: Optograms and Late-Nineteenth-Century Photographic Reliability." History of Photography

Feb. 2018

"The Camera" theme box. In The History of Illustration, edited by Susan Doyle, Jaleen Grove, and Whitney Sherman. New York: Bloomsbury.

Dec. 2017

Commissioned review of exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and catalog, Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950

Spring 2012

Optical Noise: British & American Prints/Films from the 1960s-1970s. Exhibition catalog, available at


“An Aesthetic of Reception?: A Jaussian Reading of The Family of Man.” Art Criticism 24, no. 1 (Spring 2009): 21-33.

Exhibitions Curated

Spring 2012

“Optical Noise: British & American Prints/Films from the 1960s-1970s,” David Winston Bell Gallery, Providence, RI, Co-Curator (research, loans)

Fall 2009

“Rewind: Selections from the Collection, 1970-1990,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, Curatorial Intern (research, labels)

Spring 2009

Recherche” Exhibition and Salon, Student Activities Center Gallery, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, Co-Coordinator / Curator

Spring 2007

“Photographs of the Lower East Side: 1937-2007,” Ernest Rubenstein Gallery, New York, NY, Curator

Conferences and Public Lectures

Feb. 2018

Liz Deschenes’s course on “Women and Photography (past and present),” Bennington College, Bennington, VT
Guest lecture. Paper: “Early Twentieth-Century Women Photographers in the Americas"

Feb. 2018

The Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Speaker Series, Yale University
Invited lecture. Paper: “The American Artist: Edward Weston in Mexico, Muralism, and Mestizaje

Fall 2017

“‘A line that birds cannot see’: Mexican/US Art and Artists Crossing Borders in the 20th Century,” Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Paper: “What’s Popular about Modernism? Mexican Arte Popular and U.S. Folk Art in the 1920s”

Spring 2017

“In Black and White: Photography, Race, and the Modern Impulse in Brazil at Midcentury,” The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Paper: “’Faces and Places’: Genevieve Naylor’s Photographic Impressions of Race in Brazil”

Spring 2017

College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, NY,
Panel Co-Chair: "Taking Place: Renegotiating Art and Ecology from the Eighteenth Century to Today"

Fall 2016

Association of Historians of American Art Biennial Symposium, Fort Worth, TX,
Paper: "Diego Rivera's 'Paintings of Pulquerias' and Edward Weston's Pulquería Photographs"

Spring 2016

Newberry Seminar on American Art and Visual Culture, Chicago, IL,
Paper: “Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Helen Levitt, and the Surrealism of the Streets”​

Spring 2016

College Art Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC,
Paper: “Manuel Álvarez Bravo’s Optical Parable: Mexico’s First Modernist Photographer?”​

Spring 2015

Georgia O’Keeffe Research Center Conversation, Santa Fe, NM,
Paper: "The Rhetoric and Poetics of Tina Modotti's Photographs"​

Spring 2015

College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, NY,
Paper: "Samuel Fosso and the Studio: Occupational Self-Portraits"​

Spring 2014

Institute of Fine Arts-Frick Symposium, New York, NY,
Paper: "Edward Weston in Mexico: The American Artist"​

Fall 2013

Southeastern College Art Conference, Greensboro, NC,
Southwest Art History Conference, Taos, NM, Fall 2013
Paper: "Paul Strand: The Indian Between Art and Social Document"​

Fall 2011

History of Art and Architecture Graduate Symposium, Brown University
Symposium co-organizer: “Not On View”​

Spring 2009

North American Levinas Society Annual Conference, Toronto, ON,
Paper: "Time, Rhythm, Body: Trio A (The Mind is a Muscle, Part I)"​

Pedagogical and Technical Training

Summer 2017

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute: Space, Place, and the Humanities, , Northeastern University. Three-week program in interdisciplinary field of Geohumanities. Aim is to integrate spatial thinking into teaching and research, using Boston as a laboratory for exploration.

Summer 2017

Curatorial Workshop on the Photographic Book, , Yale University. Three-day workshop examining how the photo-book has been conceived, designed, printed, and conserved. Participants include Lee Friedlander, David Goldblatt, Richard Benson, Maria Morris Hambourg, and Paul Messier.

Summer 2016

Transregional Academy on “Modernisms: Concepts, Contexts, and Circulation”, , Transregional Academy. One-week academy to facilitate exchange on concepts and variations of modernism across nations and regions. Organized by the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin in cooperation with the German Center for Art History in Paris.


Course Design Certificate II, The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Brown University. Seminar focused on developing strategies and practices for course design, implementation based on specific learning goals, and assessment.

Summer 2012

Summer Institute in Technical Art History, Institute of Fine Arts-New York University. Two-week intensive course in technical art history and conservation focused on processes of mechanical reproduction. Training included medium recognition, understanding of material degradation, and hands-on production. Funding by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Reflective Teaching Certificate I, The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Brown University. Seminar focused on bringing a reflective approach into all elements of pedagogy. Topics included the development of student learning objectives to guide syllabus construction, strategies for teaching to a range of learning styles, and methods of assessment.

University Service

Spring 2013

Contemporary Art Faculty Search Committee Member History of Art and Architecture, Brown University


Planning Committee, “Collectively,” Third Annual Philosophy and the Arts Conference, Stony Brook University

Spring 2009

Co-Graduate Student Representative Art History and Criticism, Stony Brook University

Spring 2009

Selection Committee, “Narrativity,” Second Annual Philosophy and the Arts Conference, Stony Brook University

Spring 2009

“Reflections on Julia Kristeva,” co-written with Professor Robert Harvey for Humanities Institute newsletter and Annual Report 2008-2009, Stony Brook University

Fall 2008

Co-founder and Coordinator Art Department Faculty Colloquium, Stony Brook University


Business Manager Art Criticism journal, Stony Brook University

Professional Experience

Summer – Fall 2010

Development Consultant, Bronx River Art Center

Fall 2009

Curatorial Intern, Museum of Contemporary Art

Summer 2009

Museum Education Intern, Art Institute of Chicago

Summer 2008

International Program Intern, Museum of Modern Art

Summer 2007

Teaching Apprentice, Film and Video, In the Making program, Museum of Modern Art

Spring 2005 – Spring 2007

Young Artists Program Coordinator, Educational Alliance Art School


Lecturer in History of Art and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, Yale University

Professional Affiliations


College Art Association


American Association of Museums


Association of Historians of American Art


Spanish: heritage speaker, fluent writing, reading, and translating

French: proficient in speaking, writing, and reading

Italian: proficient in speaking and reading

German: competent in reading