Instructor, Honors College
My scholarly interests are in the area of 19th century to contemporary visual culture, and its intersection with sociopolitical issues and values. I view cultural production as a manifestation of the ways in which individuals experience, process, and represent their experience at a historical moment in time, as well as a means by which such individuals exert influence over the future. In that way, works of art can be viewed not as isolated objects or rarified artifacts, but as intimate historical documents sewn into the fabric of our collective past. My specific research interests range from 19th century European landscape painting, to contemporary American popular culture, to new media studies. My most recent publication is an article on the appropriation of vanitas imagery in the television series Mad Men as commentary on capitalist consumption. My current research pertains to 19th century German-Jewish identity as depicted in Berthold Auerbach’s Black Forest Village Stories.