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Smith College
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Art history, visual culture, art and medicine, visual and material culture of science and medicine, medical humanities, history of medicine, history of public health, modernist painting, cubism, skin and surface, gender, race, history of syphilis, nineteenth-century France, French empire.
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About Me

I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at Smith College. I received my Ph.D. in Art History from Rutgers University in May 2019. My research explores intersections of art and medicine in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French empire, attending closely to intersections of gender, race, health, and power. From 2018-2019, I held an Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship. I was previously a Graduate Fellow at the Center for Cultural Analysis, an interdisciplinary research center at Rutgers University, under the annual theme of the Medical Humanities. I have also held a short-term fellowship at the Osler Library of the History of Medicine at McGill University. My writing has appeared in venues such as Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, Medical History, and Nursing Clio. At Smith College, I teach courses on the art and visual culture of the long 19th century.

Recent Publications

Journal articles:

“New Spaces for a New Midwifery at the Lying-In Hospital of the City of New York,” Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum 29, no. 1,

“Photograph as Skin, Skin as Wax: Indexicality and the Visualisation of Syphilis in Fin-de-Siècle France,” Medical History 64 no. 1 (2020),

“Scarified Skin and Simian Symptoms: Experimental Medicine and Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon,” Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 17 no. 2 (2018),

Edited collections:

Guest editor, with Jenevieve DeLosSantos, “Hard Lessons: Trauma, Teaching, Art History,” a critical pedagogy series for Art Journal Open, 2021-2022,

Public scholarship, reviews and other writing:

Instrumentalized Images: The Trouble with Representation, Truth, and Affective Power in Histories of American Gynecology,” Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal, 2023

Review of Aro Velmet, Pasteur’s Empire: Bacteriology and Politics in France, its Colonies, and the WorldNineteenth-Century French Studies, 2022,

“Holding Space: A Roundtable Conversation on Trauma and Teaching in the Museum,” Art Journal Open, (co-author), 2021,

“Using (or Losing) the Art History Textbook: SECAC Conference Panel Review,” Art History Teaching Resources Weekly, 2019,

“Exhibition Review: Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis, Nursing Clio, 2019,

“An Interview with the Material Collective,” Rutgers Art Review, vol. 33/34, 2018,

“Are Our Genes Really Our Fate? DNA’s Visual Culture and the Construction of Genetic Truth,” Nursing Clio, 2018,

Media Coverage
Country Focus
French Empire
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Colonialism, Family, Gender, Material Culture, Medicine, Pedagogy, Race, Science, Sexuality, Urban History, Women