I am a PhD candidate in the Department of American Studies at Brown University, where I am also a MA candidate in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture. I received my MA in Public Humanities in 2016, also from Brown University, and a BA in Art History and History, with minors in African Studies and Women’s Studies, from Emory University in 2010.
I write about philosophy, museums, and empathy in contemporary art and history. My dissertation, “Seeing Feeling: The Work of Empathy in Exhibitionary Spaces,” is situated at the intersection of moral philosophy and visual culture. I am interested in how museums and other exhibitionary spaces reinforce racial sightlines through the rhetoric of empathetic sight.
My areas of focus are American art of the 20th and 21st centuries, and art of the African and Indian diaspora. I am most passionate about contemporary art and visual culture, including photography, mixed media, installation, and performance art. I have contributed to museum, gallery, and art advisory texts on artists such as Reena Saini Kallat, Do Ho Suh, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Hayv Kahraman, and Robert De Niro, Sr., and have served as publication assistant to exhibition catalogues for William Forsythe and Huma Bhabha.
My professional experience includes training by the Center for Curatorial Leadership, where I was a participant in the 2018 CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice, under the mentorship of Elizabeth Easton, CCL Co-founder and Director, and Courtney J. Martin, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of Dia Art Foundation. I have held several positions in cultural institutions throughout the United States, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with Alisa LaGamma, Ceil and Michael E. Pulitzer Curator in Charge of the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, with Nancy Bercaw, then Curator at the NMAAHC and current Chair and Curator, Division of Political History, at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History; the High Museum of Art; the Atlanta History Center; Goodman Taft Art Advisory; and the Megan Fox Kelly Art Advisory.
Currently, I am the Curatorial Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, with Ruth Erickson, Mannion Family Curator, and Eva Respini, Barbara Lee Chief Curator.