My scholarship explores the visual cultures and histories of gender, political power, ecology, and cultural heritage in the ancient world and the present. Currently, my dissertation asks how representations of gender and the body, particularly that of women, shaped power dynamics throughout the Hellenistic world, which spanned Europe, Africa, and Asia from the 4th-1st c BCE. I use methods derived from art history and archaeology, while engaging with ideas from feminist, critical race, and ecological discourses to consider these issues through fresh perspectives.
Committed to public access and engagement, I have also assisted several museum exhibitions and curated art installations. Moreover, I have worked with artists and scientists to experiment with new modes of public scholarship around issues of ecology, cultural heritage, and data.
CURRENT RESEARCH & WRITING PROJECTS
In 2015, I co-initiated the Eastwick Oral History Project (EOHP) with Jess Holler, Paul Mitchell, and Jeff Nagle. EOHP documents the rich history and complex cultural life of Eastwick — a vibrant community in Southwest Philadelphia. Via oral history and related documentation including photography walking/driving interviews, we ask participants to tell their life stories through the lens of place, and to reflect on the cultural life and cultural landscape of their own Eastwick and to trace the history of the community through their own life and family narratives.