Image: Closeup color photo of a white-gloved hand holding a small computer breadboard, which shows a "CryptoKitty" digital artwork with pictorial display of a crudely-drawn cat using a pixelated contour line. A bright green leaf juts into the photo horizontally on the right, mirroring the light-skinned human hand on the left, centering the colorfully-wired computer system in the middle of the image.

Teaching & Pedagogy

My research and teaching are consciously connected, so that each informs the other. I practice "engaged pedagogy," and understand the classroom to be a dynamic social space in which instructors and students learn and teach together. This feedback is essential for keeping my research and teaching grounded, and allows me to forefront urgent contemporary sociopolitical issues that connect the past, present, and future. I also include creative practices in my courses, whether lecture or seminar, so that students can apply course ideas to other parts of their life. (Examples of this include image description, alt text, and other disability/access projects, Wikipedia articles and edit-a-thons, audiovisual recordings, creative artworks, etc.)

black and white photo of artist laurie anderson, holding two microphones, and quickly moving her head from one to the other while making vocal sounds. her head is blurred from the fast movement.

Sonic Art History: Listening to Modern & Contemporary Art

This interdisciplinary lecture course explores the history and theory of 'sonic art’ across the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, emphasizing the connections of art history to sound studies, media studies, music history, and the history of technology.

color photograph of a hologram by artist simone forti. the rainbow hologram depicts forti standing with one arm raise up, while she stares out to the viewer. her miniature body is contained in an elliptical resin structure.

Bell Labs to Blockchain: Art & Technology, 1925-Present

This course considers art & technology through artistic, institutional, and social paradigms across the 20th and 21st centuries. Students study the history and theory of artist-engineer collaboration from early kinetics to artificial intelligence, and how this activity intersects with global networks of power.

color photo of a brick wall with a wheat paste artwork by alex bell, depicting two versions of a new york times front page covering the michael brown murder: one depicts an even spread between derek chauvin and michael brown, conveying the latter's problems, while celebrating the former. the right cover depicts a full page color photo of brown in a graduation cap, the headline changed to "a teenager with promise."

Beyond the Plane: Photography as Intermedium

Photographs are understood to be two-dimensional. But what do we see when we look beyond the plane? This course examines “intermedia art” from a photographic perspective. Beginning with early ideas of photography as a ‘fixed’ medium during the 1820s, students follow the artistic, technological, and social development of the medium through the 21st Century to understand how photography embodies 'unfixed' multimodal forms circumscribing urgent sociopolitical issues.

a color photograph of an installation by artist jes sachse. in a storefront window in an urban setting, two large panels are in blue and green, one saying "i'm here for you," the other "are you there?" in german ("dort bist du")

Disability & Accessibility in Contemporary Art

This interdisciplinary seminar explores topics of access and disability in contemporary art. Students learn key writings, methods, and concepts of disability studies and apply them critically to understand contemporary artistic, curatorial, and museological practices, giving special attention to revealing how art and disability interrelate within broader contexts of ableist culture, political economy, infrastructure, race, gender, sexuality, immigration, and decolonization.

color photograph of three ancient greek busts. moving from left to right, the busts are slowly colored with flesh toned paint, referring to their original painted state.

approaches to Western Art

This introductory art history course introduces students to approaches and methods for understanding the dynamic and conflicted histories of "Western Art." This writing and reading-intensive course gives students an introduction to Western art from an artistic and aesthetic viewpoint, and additionally reveals the varied historical and sociopolitical contexts that have circumscribed how art (and the field of art history) has been created and experienced, past and present, under colonial power structures and political economies.

black and white photo of a computer screen, a human body partially seen on the left, showing a digital rendering of a human face and the tongue/throat in contour style.

Digital listening

This seminar course considers how digital forms of listening transformed oral history, the written word, and analog audio recording. Students engage writings by artists, composers, performers, philosophers, and cultural critics to think critically about new mediums such as the smartphone and MP3, art and music that engages digital media and the internet through peer-to-peer, networked, or streaming culture, and how practices of digital listening fit in the history of the mediated body.