PhD Candidate in Art, Art History & Visual Studies | Graduated 2016
I am a PhD student in the department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University. I specialize in the art of the United States, with a focus on modern and contemporary art. After my preliminary examinations in April 2013, I will officially begin my dissertation on the history of folk and self-taught art in the United States. Drawing on interdisciplinary methodologies, including Social Network Analysis, I hope to demonstrate and reflect on the evolution of the category of self-taught art in American institutions, beginning with the MoMA’s 1930s exhibitions and moving to current phenomenon, such as the Outsider Art Fair and the near-closure of the American Folk Art Museum. Before I came to Duke in 2010, I worked in the publishing industry, beginning at Harper’s magazine and spending several years as as editor at Art+Auction. I am currently part of a team at Duke that is developing a pedagogical game called Fantasy Collecting that will “gameify” the task of memorization associated with survey courses and teach students about the forces that govern the art market.