About

IMG_8833I am an art historian, editor, writer, and educator whose research focuses on contemporary political, activist, and socially engaged public art. My recent PhD in art history from the Graduate Center, CUNY, examines Joseph Beuys’s concept of “social sculpture” as a model for socially engaged art. This is also the topic of my new book, co-edited with Karen van den Berg and Philipp Kleinmichel, The Art of Direct Action: Social Sculpture and Beyond (Sternberg Press, 2019). Publications on my research have appeared in Public Art Dialogue, Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics, and FIELD, and I have lectured widely, including at Zeppelin Universität, University of Virginia, Pratt Institute, and Decad, Berlin.

I have taught at CUNY’s Hunter College, Kingsborough Community College, and City College, and curated numerous public art projects and events in New York. Alongside my position as a Provost’s Fellow in the Arts in the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY, I am the author of Peter Halley’s catalogue raisonné (JRP|Ringer, 2019) and work as a freelance editor in New York, Buffalo, and Berlin.

In my spare time, I run a midcentury furniture restoration business.

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