I am Interim Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Oregon, where I am also Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory. Prior to joining the Graduate School, I served for three years as Head of the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, three years as the founding director of the University’s graduate certificate program in New Media and Culture, and five years as Director of Graduate Studies. I earned my MA and PhD in art history from UCLA.
My research interests focus on late 20th- and early 21st- century art, theory, and criticism, particularly as these areas of inquiry intersect with the cultural, social, and aesthetic possibilities of new technologies. My research fields include media art and theory, installation art, feminism, new media, science and technology studies, and the digital humanities. I am especially interested in theories of spectatorship and subjectivity, and in research methods that bridge the sciences and the humanities.
My first book is Screens: Viewing Media Installation Art (University of Minnesota Press, 2010). My second book is A Capsule Aesthetic: Feminist Materialisms in New Media Art (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), for which I developed a related multimedia publication, Installation Archive: A Capsule Aesthetic, using the Scalar platform. I am currently working on a third book, tentatively entitled Art of Attention, which explores attention, perception, and contemplation in art since 1950.
I have published in a variety of journals, including Art Journal, Art Bulletin, Feminist Media Studies, Leonardo, and Vectors, and contributed essays to anthologies such as Exhibiting the Moving Image (JRP/Ringier), Screen/Space (Manchester University Press), and The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media. I currently serve on the editorial board of Afterimage and advisory board of Media:Art:Write:Now (Open Humanities Press), and am a former editorial board member of Art Journal.
I have been awarded research fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), University of California Humanities Research Institute, Banff Centre, and Oregon Humanities Center. My research has also been supported by the Getty Research Institute and the Clark Art Institute. I received the University of Oregon’s Faculty Excellence Award in 2013.