Education: M.A.R. Religion and Visual Culture, M.A.R. Religion and Literature, Yale University and Yale Divinity School, 2010; B.A. English and American Studies, University of Virginia, 2006
Research Interests: Walt Whitman, the Beat Generation, Visual Cultures of Religion, American Romanticism
"Cities of Sound," (TA for Prof. Sandy Zipp), Fall 2011 (Brown)
"Theologies of the Beat Generation," Spring 2010, Fall 2008 (Yale)
"Blowing the Shofar in the Streets: Medieval Drama," (TA for Karin Coonrod), Spring 2009 (Yale)
"Evil in American Children's Literature," Spring 2005 (UVA)
Editor, The Artemis Review & Blog, 2009-present
Selected Conference Presentations:
"The Statue that Wasn't: Cosimo Cavallaro, Sensationalism, and the Controversy over Chocolate Jesus," Yale University, "Sensational Religion: Sense and Contention in Material Practice," October 31 -November 5, 2011.
"A Beautiful but Grotesque Performance: Gender and Power in Religious Art," Art Shots Series, RISD Museum of Art, May 28, 2011
"Moving His Hands: a Historiography of Gesture, Gender, and Expertise in African American Art,"March 29, 2011, Yale University Art Gallery
"Visualizing the 'Jew': Race and Religion in the Theatre of Victor Séjour," Society for Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, American Academy of Religion, New Orleans, LA, October 30 – November 1, 2010.
Roundtable Discussion: "Performing Race in African American Visual Culture;" Symposium co-sponsored by the Phillips Collection and the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland; Washington, D.C., September 16, 2010
"Birdsong/Battle Cry: Walt Whitman's Influence on Bob Kaufman and Charlie Parker,"Presented at the Whitman and the Beats Conference at St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY, March 27-28, 2010
"Political Burlesque: Times Square and the Pornographic Cinema, 1904-1996," Presented at the Virginia Consortium on Research, University of Virginia, December 8, 2005.
Du Bois in Our Time, Museum of Contemporary Art, UMass Amherst (ongoing)
Associate Guest Curator, Incarnations: Black Spiritualities in American Art, February 17 – April 22, 2011; Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
Curator, Embodied: Black Identities in American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery,Yale University Art Gallery and the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, September 16 – October 28, 2010 & Yale University Art Gallery, February 16 – June 26, 2011.
Selected Honors and Awards:
Fellow, Historic Deerfied/Flynt Center of Early New England Life, May-August 2011
Kim Ann Arstark Memorial Award for Poetry, April 2011 (American Academy of Poets)
Fellow, Henry R. Luce Foundation, August 2009 – May 2010
Graduate Research Fellow, Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscript Library, Spring 2009
College Art Association
Association of Academic Museums and Galleries
Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies
Beat Studies Association
Pi Phi Theta