Picturing Greater America: U.S. Modernist Photography and the Mexican Cultural Renaissance, 1920-1945

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


Wyeth Predoctoral Fellowship, 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

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


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

Spring 2012

Optical Noise: British & American Prints/Films from the 1960s-1970s. Self-published exhibition catalog


“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