Ph.D.     Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, Art History

M.A.      University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Art History

Other Publications

“Beyond Surface Matters: Unsettling Views of a Western American Landscape,” Revista de Comunicação e Linguagens (Journal of Communication and Languages), No. 57, Special Issue: Decolonizing visuality: Looks, Consciences, Ways of Thinking and Acting, December 2022.

“Indigenizing Canadian Settler Monuments of Indians:  Ehren Bear Witness Thomas’ Make Your Escape (2010),” in Visualities II: Perspectives on Contemporary American Indian Film and Art, Denise Cummings, ed.  Michigan State University Press, February 2019.

On Indigenous Digit-al Media and Augmented Realities in Will Wilson’s eyeDazzler: Trans-customary Portal to Another Dimension,” PUBLIC: Art, Culture and Ideas, Special Issue: Indigenous Digital and New Media Art,  Julie Nagam, Carla Taunton, Heather Igloliorte, eds., December 2016.

Horace Poolaw, Photographer of American Indian Modernity, University of Nebraska Press, June 2016.

“Beaded Buckskins and Bad-Girl Bobs: Kiowa Female Identity, Industry, and Activism in Horace Poolaw’s Portraits,” in For the Love of His People:  The Photography of Horace Poolaw, exhibition catalogue.  New York and Washington, D.C.: The National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, in association with Yale University Press, 2014.

Blog Posts


    Website Exhibit

    3D Perspectives: Re(Imag)ining Keystone View Company Stereograph provides access to early twentieth-century stereographs of Native North Americans, which have been repurposed by contemporary Indigenous artists and writers.


    Teaching and Immersive Pedagogy

    A revised version of my syllabus Relational Landscapes: Teaching Chaco Canyon with Immersive Technology has now been published by the Digital Library Federation:  #DLFteach: Teaching Toolkit Volume 2, Lesson Plans on Immersive Pedagogy, July 21, 2021.  This revised version enhances this lesson’s accessibility for visually impaired students.  Another syllabus I created Land and Belonging: Teaching North American Landscape Art using immersive technology at MSU’s Digital Scholarship Lab is also published in this same volume:




    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    Turning Your Teaching & Administration Work into Research and Publication Projects

    As part of this year’s Teaching and Learning Conference at MSU on May 11, 2023, I co-led a session on how to promote more peer recognition of one’s teaching or administrative labor. Follow this link to find out more:

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