- Professor of History & Art History
Teaching Art History is my true joy and I’ve been doing so at McDaniel since 2001. I am always seeking new ways to engage students in various art historical topics, emphasizing visual analysis as an important skill. I want my students to leave my classes knowing that they can go to any museum or look at any advertisement and visually analyze what is being “said.
I am also excited to be adding to courses for a planned Public History Minor, which will examine issues surrounding how we commemorate and memorialize the past. This includes investigating how museums, galleries, and history centers among others educate and present the past to the public.
As part of my work to engage students I use the “Reacting to the Past” role-playing game approach where students take on a character from history, read primary texts from a particular period, and debate important issues.
I have written and published the first Art History Reacting game, Modernism vs. Traditionalism: Art in Paris, 1888-89. I received my B.A. in Art from Colby College, where I painted and studied Art History, and graduated with M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia. I was awarded the Ira G. Zepp Distinguished Teaching Award and am the faculty mentor to the Green Terror Football Team. For the academic years 19-20 and 20-21, I have been selected as a Charles A. Boehlke, Jr. Engaged Faculty Fellow.