To date, my areas of research have paralleled the topics I teach. These include surveys of world art; Western art; Western literature; late 19th and early 20th century Parisian avant-garde art and literature; convergences and disparities in the artistic traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; issues of identity, power, race, and market economics in the humanities and cultural institutions, particularly museums. As a result of currently pursuing masters degree in Museum and Field Studies at CU, my research is increasingly moving into art museum history, education, management, and theory. Also concurrently fascinated by art tourism and travel and the sustainability thereof in major, especially European, cities.
15th-17th century western European art and patronage practices in Italy and France, modern French art and the Parisian avant-garde, western European literary tradition from 17th-21st century, issues of identity, power, race, market economics and the arts, sociology of art, adult art education, critical museology
HUMN 1210 - Introduction to Humanities: Art and Music 1
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
Examines the major artistic and musical works in the Western tradition from ancient Greece through the 16th century in their larger historical, interdisciplinary, and theoretical (aesthetic) contexts. May be taken separately from HUMN 1220.
HUMN 1220 - Introduction to Humanities: Art and Music 2
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
Examines the major artistic and musical works in the Western tradition from the 17th century to 21st-century post-modernism in their larger historical, interdisciplinary, and theoretical (aesthetic) contexts. May be taken separately from HUMN 1210.
HUMN 2100 - Arts, Culture and Media
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018
Promotes a better understanding of fundamental aesthetic and cultural issues by exploring competing definitions of art and culture. Sharpens critical and analytical abilities by asking students to read and compare different theories about arts, culture, media, and identity, and then to apply and assess those theories in relation to a selection of visual and verbal texts from a range of cultural and linguistic traditions.
HUMN 3800 - Paris, Modernity, and the Avant-garde (1848-1914)
Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
Investigates the development of the concept of the 'avant-garde' in late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century Paris against a backdrop of political and social revolution. Analyzes the innovative nature of certain works of art, theater, photography, music and literature as well as the influence of the city. Probes and problematizes the concept of the artist as social outsider and cultural critic.
HUMN 3930 - Humanities Internship
Students gain academic credit and professional experience working in museums, galleries, arts administration, and publishing. They work 3-18 hours per week with their professional supervisor and meet regularly with a faculty advisor who determines the reading and writing requirements. An interview with faculty advisor is required.
HUMN 4030 - The Art of Travel
Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
Examines the art of travel: not where to go and what to do, but rather philosophical concepts about why people travel. Areas of discussion will include exploration, discovery, escape, pilgrimage, the grand tour, expatriotism, exile, nomadism, armchair travel, and the sense of home. Materials will include books by travel writers, novels, films, essays, short stories, art, music, and historical documents.
global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)