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 ways that the urban landscape is perceived, designed and talked about through image-based rhetoric. In my courses, I encourage a 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.
I currently work as the International Programs Outreach Coordinator and teach interdisciplinary classes in the Comparative History of Ideas Program (CHID) at the University of Washington. In 2011 I led a quarter-long CHID study abroad program in Berlin, Germany. I have also worked as an instructor of art and architectural history at the City College of New York, and I have taught high school- and elementary-aged students in various environments.