I hold a B.A. in art history from Oberlin College (1987); a M.A. in art history from the University of Maryland (1993); and Ph.D. in art history from the University of Maryland (2000). I taught in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland from September 2000 to my retirement in July 2017. My research and writing have focused on the intersection of race, monument building, and national identity.
I am the author of Keith Morrison, volume 5 of The David C. Driskell Series of African American Art (Pomegranate Books, 2005) and Remaking Race and History: The Sculpture of Meta Warrick Fuller (University of California Press, 2011). I have written numerous essays on a wide range of public monuments including the Unsung Founders Memorial at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington, DC; the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Rocky Mount, North Carolina; the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Tuskegee, Alabama; the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama; and the Boston Massacre/Crispus Attucks Memorial in Boston, Massachusetts.
I am currently researching, designing, and writing the digital project entitled, Contemporary Monuments to the Slave Past: Race, Memorialization, Public Space, and Civic Engagement.