The Graduate Center, City University of New York: New York, NY: PhD in contemporary art, awarded February 2012.

Diss.: “Weighing the Body: Female Body Image in Contemporary Art” (A. Chave)

M.Phil., awarded February 2009.

Sponsored Chancellor’s Fellowship, August 2006 - 2011.

The Pennsylvania State University: University Park, PA; MA in Art History, awarded May 2006.

MA Thesis: “The Search for Sarah Lucas in her Self-Portraits 1990-1998

            Chancellor’s List, 2004-2006.

Carleton College: Northfield, MN: BA in Art History and Studio Art, awarded June 2004, cum laude.

William Carleton Scholar.

Leech Scholarship 2000-2004.


Professional Experience

Texas A&M University-Commerce: Associate Professor of Art History, 2017-present. 

Texas A&M University-Commerce: Assistant Professor of Art History, 2011-2017.

St. Cloud State University: Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, 2009 – 2011.

Queensborough Community College: Graduate Teaching Fellow, 2008-2009.

Nassau Community College: Adjunct Professor, Spring 2009.

Ramapo College of New Jersey: Adjunct Professor, Fall 2008.

Lehman College: Graduate Teaching Fellow, 2007-2008.

The Pennsylvania State University: Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2005-2006.

Carleton College: Art History Teaching Assistant, 2001-2004, Ceramics Assistant 2003-2004, Campus Tour Guide, 2001-2003.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art: Internship with Education and Curatorial Departments, Summer 2002.



Book-in-process: Contemporary Art on Television

Book-in-process: Femininity, Sports, and Visual Culture, with Emily Witsell

Book-in-process: Edited Collection on Hallmark Channel, with Emily Witsell, under contract with McFarland Press.

Female Body Image in Contemporary Art: Dieting, Eating Disorders, Self-Harm, and Fatness, Routledge, 2018.

ABC Family to Freeform TV: Essays on the Millennial-Focused Network and

“Fashionable Flesh: Meat as Clothing,” Fashion, Style & Popular Culture 4, no. 1 (January 2017): 105-120.

“From That Girl to Girls: Rethinking Ann Marie/Marlo Thomas as a Feminist Icon” The Journal of American Culture 39, no. 3 (September 2016): 285-297.

The Lifetime Network: Essays on “Television for Women” in the 21st Century. Co-editor with Emily Witsell, McFarland Press, 2016. 

“The Challenge of Dieting for the Sake of Art,” in American Shame: Stigma and the Body Politic, edited by Myra Mendible. (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2016).

“Illustrating Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice," in Journal of Illustration, 1, no 2 (October 2014): 233-256.

“‘It’s Not Okay”: FX’s Starved and Eating Disorders as Entertainment” in The Communication Review, special issue on Alternative Visions in Media edited by Kylo-Patrick Hart, 7, no 2 (2014): 233-244.

“Confronting Art About Rape” in Exploring Bodies in Time and Space, edited by Loyola McLean, Lisa Stafford, and Mark Weeks (Freeland, UK: ID Press, 2014).

"LOVE at 55th and 6th Avenue," in Art and the Artist in Society, edited by José Jiménez-Justiniano & Elsa Luciano, (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2013). 


Reviews and Shorter Publications:

Review: “Refocus: The Films Of Amy Heckerling Ed. Frances Smith and Timothy Shary. Edinburgh University Press, 2016" Journal of Popular Film and Television46, no. 2 (2018). 

“Kiki Smith and Paper: The Body, the Muse, and the Spirit,” Art Focus Oklahoma32, no. 2 (Summer 2017): 4-5.

“Profile – Adam Lanman,” Art Focus Oklahoma, 31, no. 2 (March/April 2016): 14.

Interviewed by Julie Wosk, for “The New Curvy Barbie Dolls: What They Tell Us About Being Overweight,” HuffPost Women, February 12, 2016,

“Book Review – Nick Cave: Epitome, with contributions by Andrew Bolton, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Nato Thompson, and Nick Cave,” ArtDesk Magazine, 2, no. 4 (June 2015): forthcoming.

Interview by Adriene Hill, for “How Do You Parody a Parody?” Marketplace radio and web story, June 4, 2015,

“Preview – The First Fifty Years of Oklahoma Art,” Art Focus Oklahoma, 30, no. 2 (March/April 2015): 18.

“Preview - The New York Project: James Rosenquist,” Art Focus Oklahoma, 29, no. 6 (November/December 2014): 16-17.

“Building Upon History: An Architectural Review of the East Building at the St. Louis Art Museum and the Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum,” Australasian Journal of Popular Culture 3, no. 3 (September 2014): 379-382.

“HALO AMOK! Wayne White at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art” in Museum and Curatorial Studies Review 2, no. 1 (Spring 2014),

“Swearing and Stitching:The 21st Century Approach to a Traditional Craft” and “Participating in the Sculptures of Sarah Sze,” MP: An Online Feminist Journal Blog, May 4, 2012 and December 4, 2012.

“Alice Neel,” entry in Women in American History: An Encyclopedia. Edited by Hasia Diner (New York: Facts on File, 2011).

“Architecture,” “Sculpture,” “Public art,”  “Mural art,” “Jenny Craig,” “Somercizing,” and “Scarsdale diet,” entries in Encyclopedia for Women in American Popular Culture. Edited by Gina Misiroglu, (New York: Facts on File, 2011).

Entries for Dinner Party Database, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center For Feminist Art, accessible at the Brooklyn Museum and online.


Curatorial Work:

“Patrick Dougherty” Installation on the grounds of Texas A&M University-Commerce, January-February, 2015.

“Libby Rowe: Pink,” University Gallery, Texas A&M University-Commerce, October-November 2014.

“Body Conscious,” Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, SUNY College at Old Westbury, February 2 - April 10, 2014, featured in Aileen Jacobson, “Perceptions of Beauty, and Their Cost,” New York Times, March 7, 2014.

“Kiera Faber: Completely Human,” University Gallery, Texas A&M University-Commerce, September 2012.



Faculty Development Grant, Texas A&M University-Commerce awarded to attend National Popular Culture Association Conference in Indianapolis, IN, March 2018.

Faculty Development Grant: Texas A&M University-Commerce, awarded to attend Popular Culture Association of the South/American Culture Association of the South in Nashville, TN, October 2016.

Faculty Development Grant: Texas A&M University-Commerce, awarded to attend Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association in Seattle, WA, March, 2016.

Junior Faculty Research Award: Texas A&M University-Commerce, award given for “outstanding research consisting of a systematic study directed toward fuller scientific knowledge or understanding of the subject studied. Awards are given for innovative research and each award consists of a $1,000 cash prize and a plaque.”

NEH Summer Institute Fellowship: Buddhist Asia: Traditions, Transmissions and Transformations, hosted by the Asian Studies DevelopmentProgram at the University of Hawai’I at Manoa, May-June, 2015.

Junior Faculty Research Award: Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2015.

Faculty Senate Award: Texas A&M University-Commerce, “Fearless Investigation” in Research, 2015.

Faculty Development Grant: Texas A&M University-Commerce, awarded to attend Southeastern College Art Conference, Greensboro, NC, October 2013.

Faculty Development Grant: Texas A&M University-Commerce, awarded to attend Body Horror - Contagion: Mutation: Transformation in Sydney, Australia, February 2013.

Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial Fellowship Writing Award, 2012.

Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial Fellowship, sponsored by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Council, 2012.

Faculty Development Grant: Texas A&M University-Commerce, awarded to attend Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 2012.

Short-Term Faculty Development Grant: St. Cloud State University, awarded to attend the “Paris, City of Art” program established by the University of Toledo and Academic Arrangements Abroad, March 2010.

Professional Staff Congress/City University of New York Adjunct Professional Development Grant: awarded to attend National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, New Orleans, April 2009.

Waddell Biggart Graduate Fellowship: The Graduate College, The Pennsylvania State University, towards travel and research in England for the completion of my thesis, January 2006.


Selected Conferences:

National Popular Culture Association Conference, Washington D.C.: “I’ve run out of crap”: Stephen Colbert Teaching Contemporary Art," March 2019.

College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, NY: “Pussy Artistically Grabs Back: The Female Body as Political Force in the United States,” Panel: Contested Site: the Female Body in Contemporary Art, February 2019.

Third Annual International Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference, Oklahoma City, OK: “What bothers you? That I'm a lady or that I'm a quarterback?”: Women and Football in Visual Culture, October 2018.

National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Indianapolis: ““We’re all fame whores”: The Problematic Depiction and Perception of Gallery Girls,” March 2018.

3rdAnnual Kulturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft – Bodies in Motion, Ghent, Belgium: “What the Scale Says is the Most Important Thing: The Feminist Body, Art, Eating Disorders, and Self-Harm,” November 2017.

Southeastern College Art Conference, Columbus, OH: “The Bearable Pain: Using Photography to Survive Self-Harm,” October 2017.

Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, Kansas City, KS: “One Way or Another: Virtual Reality in the Art History Classroom,” with Madeline Rislow, Assistant Professor of Art History, Missouri Western State University, April 2017.

Popular Culture Association of the South/American Culture Association of the South, Nashville, TN: “Is this UnREAL? Examining Lifetime’s Feminism in its Scripted Critique of Reality TV,” October 2016.

National Popular Culture Association Conference, Seattle WA: “Surface Pain: Exploring Self Harm and Body Dissatisfaction in Contemporary Art,” March 2016.

College Art Association Annual Conference, Washington D.C.: “From Transformation to Thinspiration: Female Body Size, Art, and the Internet,” Panel: Technology and Women Artists, February 2016.

Keynote Address, Reexamining the 1960s: Media, Politics, Culture Conference, Fort Worth, TX: “From That Girl to Girls: Rethinking Ann Marie/Marlo Thomas as a Feminist Icon,” November 2015.

National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, New Orleans: “ “She Needs Some Food:” Eating Disorders and the Made-for-Television Movie,” April 2015.

Southeastern College Art Conference, Sarasota Florida, Panel Organizer with Mary Zawadzki and panel introductory remarks,  “SECAC des Refusés,” October 2014.

Arts + Re/Search: 8th Verge Conference, Langley, British Columbia, Canada: “Flesh as Research: The Body in Lucian Freud and Jenny Saville,” September 2014.

National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, Chicago: “’I’ll bet you’ve never seen a skirt steak worn this way:’ Meat Dresses and Fashion,” April 2014.

College Art Association Annual Conference, Chicago: “Fashionable Flesh: Meat as Clothing,” Panel: À La Mode: The Contemporary Art and Fashion System, February 2014.

Alternative Visions in Media Conference, Texas Christian University, Forth Worth, TX: "'It's Not Okay': FX's Starved and Eating Disorders as Entertainment," November 2013.

Southeastern College Art Conference, Greensboro, NC: “Painfully Thin: Exploring Anorexia and Photography,” Panel: Photographing the Body, October 2013.

Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, St. Louis: "From Miss America to Lady Gaga: The Meat Dress as Political Statement,” October 2013.

Body Horror – Contagion: Mutation: Transformation, Sydney Australia: “Confronting Art About Rape,” February 2013.

21st Annual Women and Society Conference, Marist College: “Dieting as Artistic Practice: Eleanor Antin, Rachel Rosenthal and Faith Ringgold,” October 2012.

Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Albuquerque: “Feed Me: Body Image and Food in Early Performance Art by Rachel Rosenthal and Barbara T. Smith,” February 2012.

National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, San Antonio: “Anorexia as Art: LA Raeven and Vanessa Beecroft,” March 2011.

Bodies of Art Conference, organized by The Center for Body, Mind and Culture at Florida Atlantic University: ““I just got to change:” Faith Ringgold, Oprah Winfrey and the Plight of the Black Female Body in the Late 1980s,” December 2010.

Joint Conference of Southeastern College Art Conference and Mid-America College Art Association: "Stephen Colbert, The Simpsons, and the Many Reconfigurations of American Gothic--Using Popular Culture to Inspire Discussion in Introductory Art History Classes," October 2010.


Related Professional Experience:

Peer Reviewer/Advisory Board, Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture, 1900 to Present, 2018-present.

Peer Reviewer, Art History Pedagogy and Practice, 2016-present.

AP Art History Exam Reader, CollegeBoard and Educational Testing Services, 2016.

Quality Matters Improve Your Online Course Workshop Completion, June 2016.

Participant, Summer Writers’ Workshop organized by the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association. Held at New York University, June 16-23, 2013.

Juror, 57th Boardwalk Art Show, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, January, 2012.

Selected Participant, Anti-Racism Pedagogy Seminar, St. Cloud State University, May, 2010.

Juror, Atwood Gallery Summer Show, St. Cloud State University, April, 2010.

Panelist, Career Advancement Grants, VSA Arts of Minnesota, January, 2010.


University Service:

2012-             Gender Studies Advisory Committee,Texas A&M-Commerce

2015-           Liberal Studies Advisory Committee,Texas A&M-Commerce

2011-2018    Visual Arts Committee, Texas A&M-Commerce

2012-2016    Faculty Adviser to the Women in Leadership Learning Community, Texas A&M-Commerce

2011-2015    Faculty Development Grants Committee, Texas A&M-Commerce

2012-2013    Faculty Senate, Texas A&M-Commerce

2009-2011    Women Studies Advisory Board, St. Cloud State


Department Service:

2018-             Department of Art Library Liaison

2017-             Curriculum Committee, 

2017               Revised MFA/MA Studio Art Curriculum/handbook

2014-           Gallery Committee,Texas A&M-Commerce

2014-             QEP Mentor, Texas A&M-Commerce

2012-2015    Promotion/Tenure Development Committee, Texas A&M-Commerce

2012-2015    Curriculum Committee, Texas A&M-Commerce

2012-2013    Development of the Art History Major, Texas A&M-Commerce

2009-2011    Gallery Committee, St. Cloud State

2009-2011    Library Resources Committee, St. Cloud State

2009-2011    Modernized the Art History Major, St. Cloud State