I received my BA in Art History from the University of New Hampshire, and my MA and PhD in Art History from the University of Virginia with specialization in Art History Theory/Methodology and Northern European Art of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Along with surveys of Western art, I regularly teach Islamic Arts, Buddhist World Art, and Arts of China and Japan. Outside the classroom, I am a founding editor and publisher at Open Inquiry Archive (ISSN 2167-8812), an independent, curated open access site for the e-publication of scholarly occasional papers.
"Survey of Islamic Arts," "Objects and Ideas: a Museum History of Art," "Seminar: Arts in the Community," and "Arts of China and Japan." All courses make use of the superb collections at Boston-area museums and galleries, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Harvard Art Museums, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Gardner Museum, and others. I invite guest speakers and visiting artists to augment lecture.
In my research I typically focus upon comedy in Early Modern art, particularly its social implications, but I often cross disciplines and historical periods. I present public lectures internationally and publish academic essays and book reviews. I am currently co-authoring two scholarly books: one on Comic Portraiture in Early Modern Art, the other on Deformity in Baroque Art, and I recently contributed to a third, Locating American Art: Finding Art's Meaning in Museums.