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

Summary: This book project, based on my dissertation, is 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.

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


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