I am currently a doctoral candidate in the Art History Department at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. My areas of specialization are architectural history and the history of photography. I earned my MA in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University in 2008.
I am fascinated by the ways that our visual surroundings in the everyday urban landscape shape our perception of ourselves as individuals and as members of communities. Though I think of myself mainly as a historian of visual culture, my background as a video editor and producer, as well as my studies in media theory, have led me to value media-based and ethnographic methodologies as important aspects of my research and teaching.
My dissertation research is on the rebuilding of central Berlin after 1990, focusing on the ways that the urban landscape has been redesigned, represented, and publicly discussed. In the courses I teach, I encourage an interdisciplinary and multi-modal approach to issues of visual culture and urban studies, combining traditional seminar-style reading, writing and discussion with applied media and art practice.