Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, Art History
M.A., George Washington University, Art History
B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College, Classics
I specialize in the painting, sculpture, and architecture of early modern Europe (15-17th centuries), and in Italian art and architecture in particular. My current research centers on the social experiences of art and architectural spaces in late 16th- early 17th-century Rome, and includes an examination of guidebooks and printed images of the urban landscape; the design and reception of early modern gardens and villas; and the history and display of ancient sculpture in private art collections. At the heart of my research are questions about the ways in which works of art and architecture created meaning for those who viewed and experienced them. In other words, I ask why and how meaning is produced for viewers, rather than just what and where they viewed works of art. I believe that an understanding of experience and meaning in history helps us to find meaning in our present.
I am passionate about sharing my enthusiasm for art and history, which is why I relish teaching college students, and I am particularly interested in the ways new media technologies can be integrated into the study of art history. I offer courses on medieval, Renaissance and baroque art, as well as introductory surveys of the history of western art and architecture. I also teach a senior seminar in art theory, as well as special topics courses on subjects such as Michelangelo's life and career. In addition, I teach freshmen in the college's core Humanities Program.
Before I joined the faculty at Saint Anselm College, I taught at Penn State's Study Abroad Program in Todi, Italy, Emory University, and Columbia University. My dissertation research earned me fellowships from Penn State; the Fondazione Lemmerman in Rome; The Robert Lehman Foundation with the Renaissance Society of America; the Kress Foundation; and I was a Junior Fellow in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. From 2004-2006, I was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. In 2009, I was invited to the Mellon Summer Institute in Italian Paleography at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.