Teaching & Advising

At the University of Minnesota, I teach courses in the art and visual/ material culture of the United States.

My introductory-level classes include a course on “American Art” from the Colonial period to the Cold War (ArtH 3005), and “Photo Nation” on the history of photography in the U.S. (ArtH 3577). Both courses emphasize student participation in lecture, introduce fundamental art historical skills, and fulfill the Arts & Humanities Core of the UMN Liberal Education requirements.

My upper-division classes cater to advanced undergraduates and graduate students, providing in-depth historical engagement with a particular time period and substantive conversations about the challenges of art historical research and writing. These courses revolve around a semester-long paper project: a substantive piece of original research that students can easily convert into a Senior Thesis or Plan B paper after the end of the semester. Topics include “American Art of the Gilded Age, or An Exercise in History, Big & Small” (ArtH 5565), and “Boom/Bust: American Art from the Roaring Twenties to the Great Depression” (ArtH 5575).

Gradate-level courses focus on critical questions of theory and methodology for art historians. Topics include “Thing Theory” (ArtH 8520) and “Art History: Theory and Methods” (ArtH 8001).

I take advising seriously with all of my students, whether an undeclared freshman or a dissertating PhD candidate. In mentoring students, I emphasize student-directed growth (helping young scholars develop and refine the ideas they’re most interested in) and writing (its procedures, mechanics, effects, and pleasures).