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I am a scholar of modern art and a historian of photography. My research interests include French Symbolism, artist’s books, transgender phenomena in art, and depictions of the African diaspora in Europe. I am currently at work on a book project, tentatively entitled Savage Whiteness: Paul Gauguin and the Birth of Modernism.

I received my doctorate in art history and a certificate in women’s studies from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and my bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. My research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the CUNY Graduate Center, the NEA Foundation, and the Van Gogh Museum.

I am currently a part-time assistant professor at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, where I teach art history seminars as a member of the Faculty in Humanities and Social Sciences. Prior to joining Cooper Union, I taught at CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, the Parsons School of Design, Queens College and Queensborough Community College. In 2022, I was awarded a teaching prize from the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.


PhD, Art History, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY
BA, Art History, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

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