Contrabands and Freedmen Slavery Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Stephanie Cordle, University of Maryland, 2018.


I am a public scholar who works at the intersection of art and history. I am passionate about three-dimensional form: monuments, statues, and public art. Standing in public space, I like to sort out a monument's relation to the landscape and geography. Both artistic vision and the presence of history in monumental form interests me. Along with form and history, I'm fascinated with how public ceremonies and civic events shape how we understand monuments in public spaces. I understand the meaning of monuments to shift and mutate over time, offering us new ways of understanding and engaging them in the present.