The Beginnings of an Academic/Curatorial Blog

With the launch of my website, I'm thrilled to start my blog that will highlight the process by which I produce my work as a scholar, teacher, and curator. Posts might take the form of pieces on the artworks, architecture, and texts that I'm currently studying. The blog will also likely include short reviews of the exhibitions I visit in the Midwest, as well as those I travel to view more globally. Additionally, it may also feature "think pieces" on current politics and political issues, particularly as they bear on social and environmental issues. I read the news and commentary religiously (mostly NYTimes and Guardian Weekly, but also the Nation, London Review, and Jacobin), yet too much in isolation. It will be nice to do so as part of a community in the academic blogosphere.

Ultimately, my hope is that by opening up the ways I pursue the study, teaching, and public engagement of art history and environmental humanities, you might find something of your interest and experiences in my thoughts, struggles, and solutions. I look forward to your comments—and hopefully your future collaboration.

Image: John Sell Cotman, Portrait of a Scholar, c. 1802. Graphite and brown wash on medium slightly textured, cream wove paper, 7.00 x 5.50 in. (17.80 x 14.00 cm.), Department of Prints and Drawings, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection