I am an art historian with a Ph.D. from Columbia University who has taught at Smith College, Northeastern University and U Mass, Lowell. I am the author of the books Against Immediacy and Adventure (for Adults), as well as many articles on the visual arts. I have edited publications for the Museum of Modern Art and Duke University Press and have curated survey exhibitions of the work of Derek Boshier and Rainer Ganahl. 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 was an elected Town Meeting Representative.