I am an art historian and the author of the books Against Immediacy and Adventure (for Adults), as well as many articles on the visual arts. I hold a Ph.D. from Columbia University and have taught at Smith College, Northeastern University and U. Mass, Lowell. My curatorial work includes survey exhibitions of the work of Derek Boshier and Rainer Ganahl and I have edited publications for the Museum of Modern Art and Duke University Press. My current research examines the relationship between art and activism at the end of the Cold War. I hold public office in Amherst, Massachusetts as Treasurer of the Public Art Commission and as an elected Town Meeting Representative.