I’ve been at Simpson since 2008, teaching Art History courses that cover every period of western art, from cave painting to contemporary art, as well as teaching the art of Asia, India and Africa. Fostering students’ understanding and appreciation of art is what I love to do, especially here at Simpson.
My passion and specialization as an art historian is the study of Modern art which was stimulated in me while at Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) where I received my BA and at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ), where I received my Masters and PhD. Specifically, I am fascinated by the intersections between art, politics and ideology of the first half of the twentieth century, and this area of research has been the focus of my scholarship for some years now.
Having lived in Massachusetts, Indiana, New Jersey and in my native Missouri, I truly enjoy Iowa for its own unique offerings. Aside from teaching and research, I love doing things at home with my husband and teenage son. I enjoy traveling --especially to museums-- and absorbing myself in a good book or a great film.
- Late 19th and Early 20th Century European and American art
- Art and cultural politics of the French interwar period (1918-1939)
Ph.D., Art History,
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, May 2002
M.A., Art History
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, May 1997
B.A., Art History
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, May 1992
“’As French as one could be’: The Making of Émile-Antoine Bourdelle as Sculptor for France,” Presentation given at Midwest Art History Society Conference, St. Louis, MO., April 2014
“Ethel Schwabacher.” In Women and Abstract Expressionism, Painting and Sculpture, 1945-1959,New York: Sidney Mishkin Gallery, 1997.
Succeeding Rodin: Émile-Antoine Bourdelle and the Making of a New Sculptor for France,
c. 1900-1931. PhD dissertation., Rutgers University, 2002. Ann Arbor MI: University Microfilms International, 2002.