University of Pittsburgh



1985-90        University of California, Berkeley: M.A., Ph.D. History of Art

1975-79        Yale University, New Haven: B.A. Mathematics and Philosophy



1990 –            University of Pittsburgh, History of Art and Architecture

Assistant Professor, 1990-1998; Associate Professor, 1998-2009; Professor, 2009-present. Dept Chair, 2004-2011.

Fall 1998       Cornell University, School of Architecture

Visiting professor

1991-93        College of William and Mary, American Studies Program

Visiting assistant professor



Monument Wars: Washington, D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009).

•Winner of Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant, College Art Association

•Winner of the 2010 Charles C. Eldredge Prize, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2010

•Winner of the 2012 J.B. Jackson Prize, Foundation for Landscape Studies

Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves: Race, War, and Monument in Nineteenth-Century America (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997).

•Winner of the 1998 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize, American Studies Association, for best book published in American Studies.



The Civil War in Art and Memory, in the series Studies in the History of Art (Washington DC: National Gallery of Art and Yale University Press, 2016).

Guest Editor, Memorials War and Peace, Special Issue of Public Art Dialogue, 2 (September 2012).



Journal articles:

“Leere Gräber. Bürgerkrieg und nationale Gedenkpraktiken” [“Empty Graves: The Origins of Civil War Commemoration”], Mittleweg 36 (Zeitschrift des Hamburger Instituts fur Sozialforschung), 23:2 (April/May 2014): 54-61.

“The Obsolescence of Sculpture,” American Art 24 (Spring 2010): 9-14. [peer review]

“Molding Emancipation: John Quincy Adams Ward’s Freedman and the Meaning of the Civil War,” Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 27, no. 1 (2001): 26-39. [peer review]

“The Past in the Present: The Life of Memorials,” Harvard Design Magazine (Fall 1999): 14-19.

With co-author Timothy Collins, “Brownfields as Places: A Case Study in Learning to See Assets as Well as Liabilities, Opportunities as Well as Constraints,” Public Works Management and Policy, 2 (January 1998): 210-219. [peer review]

“‘A forcible piece of weird decoration’: Whistler and the Gold Scab,” Smithsonian Studies in American Art, 4 (Spring 1990): 41-53. [peer review]

“The Self-Made Monument: George Washington and the Fight to Erect a National Memorial,” Winterthur Portfolio, 22 (Winter 1987): 225-242. [peer review]

Book chapters:

In press: “The Unknowable Dead: The Civil War and the Origins of Modern Commemoration,” in The Civil War in Art and Memory (Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art and Yale University Press, 2016).

“Afterword: War/Memory/History: Toward a Remixed Understanding,” in Remixing the Civil War: Meditations on the Sesquicentennial, ed. Thomas Brown (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011), 180-88. [peer review]

“The War Memorial as Elegy,” in The Oxford Handbook of Elegy, ed. Karen Weisman (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), 637-657. [peer review]

“Between Diaspora and Empire: The Shevchenko Monument in Washington, D.C.,” in Transnational American Memories, ed. Udo J. Hebel (Berlin/New York: Walther de Gruyter, 2009), 333-350.

“The Impossible Monument: A Response to Wodiczko’s ‘Memorial for September 11,’” in Krzysztof Wodiczko, City of Refuge: a 9-11 Memorial, ed. Mark Jarzombek and Mechtild Widrich (London: Black Dog, 2009), 56-60.

“Trauma, Healing, and the Therapeutic Monument,” in Terror, Culture, Politics:  Rethinking 9/11, ed. Daniel Sherman and Terry Nardin (Bloomington: University of Indiana Press, 2006), 103-120.  [Reprinted in part in Public Art Review, Issue 35 (Fall/Winter 2006): 41-45.] [peer review]

“Molding Emancipation: John Quincy Adams Ward’s Freedman and the Meaning of the Civil War,” in The Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture Reader, ed. Jeannene Przyblyski and Vanessa Schwartz (New York: Routledge, 2004), 262-276.

“Vinnie Ream’s Lincoln (1871): The Sexual Politics of a Sculptor’s Studio,” in American Pantheon: Sculptural and Artistic Decoration of the United States Capitol, ed. Donald R. Kennon and Thomas P. Somma (Ohio University Press, 2004), 160-175. [peer review]

“Monuments to a Lost Cause: Commemorating Steel in Pittsburgh, Pa.” in Beyond the Ruins: Deindustrialization and the Meanings of Modern America, ed. Jefferson Cowie and Joseph Heathcott (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2003),  237-256. [peer review]

“The Past in the Present: The Life of Memorials,” in Reading Rhetorically: A Reader for Writers, ed. John C. Bean, et al. (New York: Longman, 2002).

“Art, Science and Ecological Enquiry: The Case of American Nineteenth-Century Landscape Painting,” in Recoveries & Reclamations  (Advances in Art & Urban Futures Series, vol. 2), ed.J. Rugg and D. Hinchcliffe (Bristol, Eng.: Intellect Books, 2001), 60-66. Available at:

“Uncommon Soldiers: Race, Art, and the Shaw Memorial,” in Hope and Glory: Essays on the Legacy of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, ed. Martin H. Blatt, et al. (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2001), 156-167. [peer review]

“‘Freedom’s Memorial’: Manumission and Black Masculinity in a Monument to Lincoln,” in Race and the Production of Modern American Nationalism, ed. Reynolds J. Scott-Childress (New York: Garland Publishing, 1999), 21-42. [peer review]

“The Politics of Memory: Black Emancipation and the Civil War Monument,” in Commemorations: The Politics of National Identity, ed. John R. Gillis (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994), 127-149. [peer review]

“The Self-Made Monument: George Washington and the Fight to Erect a National Memorial,” in Harriet F. Senie and Sally Webster, eds., Critical Issues in Public Art: Content, Context, and Controversy (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998), 5-32.


Exhibition catalog essays:

“John Rogers, the Civil War, and “the subtle question of the hour,” in John Rogers: American Stories, ed. Kimberley Orcutt (New York: New York Historical Society, 2010), 59-75.

“Shock and Awe: The Horse in Battle and Art, American Style,” in Hoofbeats and Heartbeats: The Horse in American Art, Ingrid Cartwright curator (Lexington, KY: Art Museum of the University of Kentucky, 2010), 10-29.


Forthcoming: Review of Cynthia Mills, Beyond Grief: Sculpture and Wonder in the Gilded Age Cemetery (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2015) in Sculpture Journal.

Review of website Histories of the National Mall (, in Journal of American History, 101 (June 2014): 1029.

Review of David W. Blight, American Oracle: The Civil War in the The Civil Rights Era (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011), in Journal of the Civil War Era, 2 (September 2012): 470-472.

Review of Peter H. Wood, Near Andersonville: Winslow Homers Civil War (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2010), in Civil War History, 57 (December 2011): 418-19.

Review of Marcus Wood, The Horrible Gift of Freedom: Atlantic Slavery and the Representation of Emancipation (Athens, University of Georgia Press, 2010), in Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 41 (2011): 640-41.

Review of Patrick Hagopian, The Vietnam War in American Memory: Veterans, Memorials, and the Politics of Healing (University of Massachusetts Press, 2009), in Indiana Magazine of History, 106 (September 2010): 315-31.

Review of Paul Goldberger, Why Architecture Matters (New Haven, Ct.: Yale University Press, 2009), and Edward Hollis, The Secret Lives Of Buildings: From the Ruins of The Parthenon to The Vegas Strip in Thirteen Stories (New York: Metropolitan, 2009), in Washington Post, January 10, 2010.  Available at

“Washington’s Birthplace in Bricks, Mortar, and Memory,” review of Seth C. Bruggeman, Here, George Washington Was Born: Memory, Material Culture, and the Public History of a National Monument, (Athens. Ga.: University of Georgia Press, 2008), H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences, October 2009.  Available at

Review of Martin Aurand, The Spectator and the Topographical City, (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006), in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 67 (December 2008): 624-25.

Review of Sanford Robinson, Written in Stone: Public Monuments in Changing Societies and Kathryn Allamong Jacobs, Testament to Union: Civil War Monuments in Washington, D.C., in Public Historian, 21 (Fall 1999): 60-63.

Review of Vivien Green Fryd, Art and Empire: The Politics of Ethnicity in the U.S. Capitol (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992), in Art Bulletin, LXXV (December 1993), 724-726.

Online Essays:

“New Directions in Commemoration” (2012), commissioned for the website “Commemorative Landscapes” by Documenting the American South, UNC-Chapel Hill, at

“History, Memory, and Monuments: An Overview of the Scholarly Literature on Commemoration” (2006), commissioned by the Organization of American Historians and the National Park Service, at [peer review]


“The Lost Piers of Santa Monica Bay,” California Waterfrontage, 1 (Summer 1985), 14-29.

“Uncelebrated War: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial,” The Threepenny Review, no. 17 (Spring 1984): 24-25.



“What Will Our Iraq War Memorial Look Like,” Washington Post, May 27, 2011

“On the Mall, Heroes, Victims, Violence,” Washington Post, June 14, 2009

“The President and the Confederacy,” Washington Post, May 23, 2009



Invited Lectures:

National Gallery of Art, 10/21/2015.  Wyeth Lecture in American Art: “The Art of the Name: Soldiers, Graves, and Monuments in the Aftermath of the Civil War.” Aired on C-Span 12/12/15.  Podcast here.

University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Sciences, 7/17/2014.  Inaugural Callery Lecture: “Follow the Bodies, Follow the Names: One Art Historian’s Search through the Archival Remains of the Civil War Dead.”

Columbia University, Department of Art History, 3/3/2014.  Bettman Lecture: “The Corpse and the Name: Alexander Gardner and the Origins of the Modern War Memorial.”

Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittsburgh, 2/8/2014.  “Black History in the Open.”

Gettysburg College, Schmucker Art Gallery, 8/31/2011.  “Remixing Memory: Toward a New Public Understanding of the Civil War.”

Indianapolis Central Public Library, 4/19/11.  “Emancipation in Sculpture: A Difficult Legacy.”

Penn State University, Palmer Art Museum, 3/29/2011.  “Putting War on the Mantel: John Rogers and the Memory of the Civil War.”

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., 12/1/10.  Eldredge Prize Lecture: “When the Ivory Tower Meets the Real World: Monument Wars a Year Later.”  Podcast here.

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., 3/10/10.  “Monument Wars.”

Sixth Floor Museum and Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 10/8/09.  “Beyond the Victim Monument.”

University of Maryland, College Park, Department of Art History, 10/30/08.  “Trees, Streets, and Statues: The Memorial Landscape of Great Men in Richmond, Va. and Washington, D.C., 1875-1925.”

University of Delaware, Department of Art History, 3/12/07.  “The Invention of Public Space: Modernizing the National Mall, Washington, D.C., 1885-1940”

Roger Williams University, School of Architecture, 3/29/06.  “Designing for Loss: The Perils of the Victim Monument.”

James Madison University, 11/3/05.  2005-06 Dorothy L. Wampler Eminent Professor: “Monumental Obsolescence: The Demise of the Equestrian Statue and Other Tales from The Nation’s Capital.”

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, School of Architecture, 3/28/05.  “Space and Ground in the Memorial Landscape of Washington, D.C.”

University of Virginia, Department of Art History, 4/4/02.  McIntyre Lecture: “Slumming in the Forest of Arden: Nature, Art, and Victorian Self-Discovery.”

Art Institute of Chicago, 10/2/99.  “Molding Emancipation: John Quincy Adams Ward’s Freedman and the Meaning of the Civil War.”

University of Delaware, 4/21/99.  “Representing Race and Nation: The Common-Soldier Monument.”

Terra Museum, Chicago, 3/99.  “The Lost Language of Sculpture.”

Cornell University, School of Architecture, 10/20/98.  “Nature and the City: Rethinking the Postindustrial Landscape.”

National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., 11/6/97.  “Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves.”

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 7/26/96.  “The Civil War and American Art.”

University of Pittsburgh, 10/22/93. Friends of Frick Fine Arts Lecture: “Exposing Slavery in Antebellum American Sculpture.”

Conference and Symposia Papers:

Symposium on “The Civil War in Art and Memory,” National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 11/9/13. “The Corpse and the Name: The Civil War and the Origins of the Modern War Memorial.”

National Communication Association, San Francisco, 11/14/10. “From Monument to Museum: The Shifting Modes of Address of the Vietnam Veteran Memorial.”

American Library Association, Washington, D.C, 6/27/10. “The Changing Landscape of the Public Monument.”

Symposium on “Race and Emancipation in the Age of Lincoln,” Howard University, 4/18/09. “Forgetting Slavery.”

Symposium on “Enshrined Memories: Brooklyn and the Civil War,” Brooklyn Public Library, 11/11/07. “Brooklyn’s Monuments to the Civil War.”

Symposium on “New Approaches to the Civil War,” Lawrence University, 4/16/05. “Civil War Photography and the Vilification of the Male Body.”

Symposium on “Historical Injustices: Restitution And Reconciliation In International Perspective,” Brown University, 3/19/05. “Therapy, Gesture, or Empowerment: The Role of the Public Memorial in Historical Reckoning”

Organization of American Historians, Boston, 3/26/04. “A Short History of the Therapeutic Memorial.”

Symposium on “Reconstructions: 9/11,” Center for 21st Century Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 10/4/02. “Trauma, Healing, and the Therapeutic Memorial.”

Art Libraries Society of North America 28th Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, 3/20/00. “Collecting Time: Examining Andy Warhol’s Time Capsules”

Symposium on Capitol Sculptures, U.S. Capitol Historical Society, 9/18/98. “The Sexual Politics of a Sculptor’s Studio: Vinnie Ream’s Abraham Lincoln (1871).”

Symposium on the Monument to Robert Gould Shaw and the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Regiment: History and Meaning, Suffolk University, Boston, 5/30/97. “Augustus Saint-Gaudens and the Shaw Memorial.”

Symposium on Monuments and Memorials, University of Virginia, 10/4/96. “Slaves or Soldiers: Nineteenth-Century Public Monuments to African-Americans.”

American Studies Association, Pittsburgh, 11/11/95. “‘Freedom’s Memorial’: Manumission and Black Masculinity in a Monument to Lincoln.”

College Art Association, Washington, D.C., 2/22/91. “Engendering White Supremacy: The Lee Monument in Richmond, Va.”

Conference on Public Memory and Collective Identity, Rutgers University, 3/17/90. “Race, Memory, and Identity: The National Monuments of the Union and the Confederacy.”

American Studies Association, Toronto, 11/3/89. “The Politics of Memory: Black Emancipation and the Civil War Monument.”

College Art Association, San Francisco, 2/18/89. “‘A forcible piece of weird decoration’: Whistler and the Gold Scab.”

American Studies Association, New York, 11/22/87. “Henry Van Brunt and the Architecture of Cultural Reconciliation.”

Society of Architectural Historians, San Francisco, 4/23/87. “Inveterate Antipathies and Passionate Attachments: The Campaign to Erect a National Monument to Washington.”

Other Papers:

Department of History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, 4/17/01. “Monuments to a Lost Cause: Commemorating Steel in Pittsburgh, Pa.”

Commonwealth Center, College of William and Mary, 2/16/93. “Between Slavery and Freedom: John Quincy Adams Ward’s Freedman.”

Commonwealth Center, College of William and Mary, 12/10/91. “Theory of Collective Memory.”

Bain Research Group in Feminism and Gender, U.C. Berkeley, 9/17/87. “Mary Cassatt and the Representation of the Modern Woman.”

Conference Panels, Organizer or Commenter:

College Art Association, 2/14/14. Co-organized and co-chaired panel, “The Counter-Monument Thirty Years After.”

Organization of American Historians, 4/8/10. Chaired panel, “Wars in Granite and Stainless Steel: War Memorials and Constructions of American National Identity.”

American Studies Association, Washington, D.C., 11/4/06. Commented on panel, “Monumental Contests.”

“Shifting the Paradigm: The Groundworks Monongahela Conference,” Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, 10/15/06. Commented on panel, “New Parks.”

Association of Historians of American Art, Atlanta, 2/19/05. Chaired panel, “Art and Visual Culture of the U.S. South.”

American Studies Association, Hartford, CT, 10/17/03. Chaired panel, “Race and Material Culture: Enabling Objects to Speak about Racist Violence.”

Organization of American Historians, Washington, D.C., 4/13/02. Chaired panel and commented, “Roundtable: New Work in Visual Culture.”

American Studies Association, Washington, D.C., 11/8/01. Chaired panel, “Memorializing Disability: Politics, Aesthetics, and Narrative.”

American Studies Association, Pittsburgh, 11/11/95. Organized panel, “Emancipation and Representation.”

American Studies Association, Nashville, 10/28/94. Commenter on panel, “Sculptural/Architectural Memorials as Sites of Public Memory.”

American Studies Association, Baltimore, 11/2/91. Commenter on panel, “Rethinking American Patriotism.”


“Future of Civil War History” symposium at Gettysburg College, 3/15/13, Panelist, “Reinterpreting Civil War Monuments.”

Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, 9/13/11, Panelist, “September 11: Memory, Vision, Practice,” moderated by Krzysztof Wodiczko.

American Historical Association, Boston, 1/6/10, Panelist, “Transnational Public Memory of Slavery and the Atlantic Slave Trade.”

National Communication Association, San Francisco, 11/15/10, “Building a Bridge to Art History: A Discussion with Kirk Savage”

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 8/25/01, Panelist, “Inventing Histories.”

Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, 3/24/96, Panelist, “Politics, Religion, and Art.”



2016               Award for Achievement in the Field of Public Art, Public Art Dialogue, conferred at College Art Association

2015               Wyeth Lecturer in American Art, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

2013               Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award, University of Pittsburgh

2008               Publication Grant to University of California Press, Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant, College Art Association, toward publication of Monument Wars.

2008               Publication Grant, Richard D. and Mary Jane Edwards Publication Fund, University of Pittsburgh, for book publication costs.

2003               Research Grant, Central Research Development Fund, University of Pittsburgh, for “Monument Wars: The Changing Memorial Landscape of Washington, D.C.”

1998               Research Grant, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, for “Nature and the City: Rethinking Urban Aesthetics in a Postindustrial Landscape.”

1996               Publication Grant, Richard D. and Mary Jane Edwards Publication Fund, University of Pittsburgh, for book publication costs.

1991-93        Postdoctoral Fellowship in Material Culture, Commonwealth Center for the Study of American Culture, College of William and Mary.

1991               Small Development Grant and Third-term Research Stipend, University of Pittsburgh, for research leading to completion of book manuscript.

1989               Wise-Susman Prize, American Studies Association, for best student paper submitted to the annual meeting.

1989               Humanities Graduate Research Grant, U.C. Berkeley, for dissertation research.

1988-89        Regents’ Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley, funding one year of study toward the Ph.D.

1989-90        Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, Woodrow Wilson Foundation,

1985-87        funding three years of graduate study leading to the Ph.D.



Book: Bodies and Names: The Place of the Dead in the Wake of the U.S. Civil War.

This book takes as its point of departure a dual crisis of displacement. On a scale never seen before or since in U.S. history, the Civil War caused massive physical displacement of bodies in life and death.  But the war also led to a shocking metaphysical displacement of bodies from their names, creating legions of the “unknown” (bodies without names) and the “missing” (names without bodies). In response, the nation-state and its military assumed responsibility for the soldier dead, for the first time in the western world.  And in the process the dead acquired new agency – assuming a new place and visible order in the world, on the ground and in space.

This study investigates these new place-based forms of interaction between living and dead, examining how personal, familial, and local identities were shattered and stitched back together to reshape the imagined community of the nation. Using detailed case studies, the book is organized around three forms of art-historical interest: the battlefield photograph, the soldier cemetery, and the cenotaph (“empty tomb,” or monument without a body).  In taking seriously the notion of the dead as actors who remake the world in tandem with the living, my study promises to shed new light on one of the central moral lapses in American history: how the nation “reconciled” around a new ethic of military sacrifice and service, while failing to extend that newfound solidarity to the victims of slavery, those who “served” in the fullest and most original etymological sense.

Digital Humanities: One of the key case studies for the book will be an investigation of the soldier lots at Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh.  This phenomenal rural cemetery founded in the 1840s is home to a national soldiers lot, part of the federal cemetery system, with hundreds of graves in neat rows marked by nearly identical white headstones.  Its appearance of order and unity, however, belies the complex, often messy, paths by which the war dead ended up buried there – sometimes after multiple burials and reburials and a long history of displacement beginning in life and continuing after death.  The DH project will systematically collect and analyze data on the national lot and several veterans’ lots within the cemetery, and on the tales of personal and corporate identity they tell us.




Freshman Studies 0070: American Art and Culture in Pittsburgh

HAA 0400: Public Monuments and Public Art

HAA 0501: American Art (introductory survey with multicultural emphasis)

HAA 1009: Research seminar: Dark Tourism

HAA 1010: Clayton and its World: Art and Material Culture in a Victorian Home

HAA 1010: Public Monuments in a Changing Society

HAA 1010: Public Art

HAA 1010: The Living and the Dead

HAA 1040: Architecture: Theory + Texts

HAA 1500: Special Topics: The Civil War and American Art

HAA 1512: Monuments, Maidens, and Minimalists: 19th and 20th-Century American Sculpture

HAA 1951: Honors Thesis



HAA 2005: Art Historical Methods of Research and Scholarship

HAA 2006: Art History Writing Practicum (workshop on revising for publication and on

grant proposal writing)

HAA 2008: Constellations of Art History: Agency

HAA 2400: War and Visual Culture

HAA 2400: The Living and the Dead

HAA 2500: Mary Cassatt and Feminism

HAA 2500: Representation of Race in American Art

HAA 2500: History and Theory of Public Art

HAA 2500: Art and the Gilded Age

HAA 2500: Trauma and Monuments

HAA 2560: In the Warhol Museum

HAA 2970: Teaching of Art History

American Studies 570: Artifacts of Collective Memory [College of William and Mary]

Architecture 680: Art and Architecture in the Public Sphere [Cornell University]



PhD students in progress

(co-supervised with Gao Minglu): Lihui Dong (ABD), “The Way to be Modern: Court Portraiture of the Late Qing Dynasty, 1840s-1910s” (currently on Mellon Fellowship).

Clarisse Fava-Piz (2nd year), Rodinisme in the U.S. and Latin America.

Annika Johnson (ABD, 4th year), “Agency and the Confluence of Eastern Dakota and Euro-American Visual Cultures in the Upper Midwest, 1836-1912” (currently on Mellon Fellowship).

Isaac King (ABD expected Feb 2016, 5th year), “The One and the Many: Agency and Authority in American National Portraiture in the Post-Revolutionary Era.”

Alan London (3rd year), “Reality: American Social Realism in the Heyday of Abstract Expressionism.”

(co-supervised with Ann Harris): Rachel Miller (PhD expected April 2016), “Patron Saint of a World in Crisis: Early Modern Representations of St. Francis Xavier in Europe and Asia”

Krystle Stricklin (2nd year), Photography and memory of the U.S.-Philippines War


PhDs supervised (Univ. of Pittsburgh):

(co-supervised with Drew Armstrong): Donald Simpson, “Civic Center and Cultural Center: The Grouping of Public Buildings in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Detroit and the Emergence of the City Monumental in the Modern Metropolis.” 2013.

Placement: Independent scholar.

(co-supervised with Barbara McCloskey): Maria D’Annibale, “Urban Space in Fascist Verona: Contested Grounds for Mass Spectacle, Tourism, and the Celebration of the Architectural Past.” 2010.

Placement: Visiting Lecturer, HAA, University of Pittsburgh.

Travis Nygard, “Seeds of Agribusiness: Grant Wood and the Visual Culture of Grain Farming, 1862-1957.”  2009.

Placement: Assistant Professor (tenure-track) and Chair, Department of Art, Ripon College.

(co-supervised with Terry Smith): Carolyn Butler-Palmer, “I Won’t Play Primitive to Your Modern: The Art of David Neel (Kwagiult, 1985-2000).” 2006.

Placement: Legacy Chair in Modern and Contemporary Arts of the Pacific Northwest (tenured), University of Victoria, Canada.

Paul Scolari, “Indian Warriors and Pioneer Mothers: American Identity and the Closing of the Frontier in Public Monuments, 1890-1930.”  2005.

Placement: Cultural historian, National Park Service, San Francisco Bay Area.

Charles Pearo, “Elizabeth Jane Gardner (1837-1922): Tracing the Construction of Artistic Identity.” 2002.

Placement: Independent scholar based in Montreal, with publishing record.

Anne Knutson, “Art, Desire, and Empire: American Propaganda Posters of WWI.”  1997.

Placement: Independent curator, organizing major exhibitions on Norman Rockwell and Andrew Wyeth for the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

Ivy Schroeder [Cooper], “Minimalism for the Masses: Public Sculpture Under the Federal Art-in-Architecture Program, 1972-1989.”  1997.

Placement: Professor (with tenure), Department of Art and Design, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.



PhDs supervised (elsewhere):

(co-supervised with Malcolm Miles): Tim Collins, “Art, Ecology, and Planning: Strategic Concepts and Creativity within the Post Industrial Public Realm.” University of Plymouth, 2007.

Placement: Associate Dean for Research, Graduate Studies and Enterprise, University of Wolverhampton, UK, 2007-2010.  Currently fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at University of Edinburgh.

PhD committees, not supervised

Since 1991 served on 15 completed PhDs in HAA and 13 in other departments at University of Pittsburgh (English, Communication, History, Religious Studies, School of Education, School of Social Work).  Served on 2 completed dissertations at University of Delaware, University of New Mexico.

MA Students

Supervised approximately 20 MA theses at University of Pittsburgh and 2 MA theses in American Studies at College of William and Mary since 1991.



Supervised or co-supervised 6 completed honors papers and one online exhibition:




Department positions:  Interim Academic Curator, 2015-16; Chair, 2004-2011; Director of University Art Gallery, 2004-2011; Director of graduate studies Fall 1993, 1995-99, 2001; fellowships coordinator, 1993-1994, 1995-99, 2001, Spring 2006.


University service:

• 2014 -: Humanities Center Advisory Committee.

• 2014 -: University Council on Graduate Study.

• 2005-2006: Arts & Sciences Council.

• 2002-2004: Arts and Sciences Graduate Council.

• 2000, 2003, 2006: Fellowship Committee, Program in Cultural Studies.

• 2000-2002: University Honors College advisory board.

• 1997-1998: Senate Admissions and Student Aid Committee.

• 1995: Participant in Chancellor’s Faculty Seminar on Diversity.

• Ongoing: Numerous ad hoc committees on tenure and promotion.


Professional service:

• 2014: Public service lecture (remote) on Washington planning history for American studies course in Warsaw, sponsored and paid by U.S. State Dept.

• 2013: External reviewer for CUNY PhD program.

• 2011-13: CASVA committee for Travel Abroad Fellowship for American art students.

• 2004-12: Consultant to Julian Bonder and Krzysztof Wodiczko on their memorial to the abolition of slavery in Nantes, France, dedicated March 25, 2012.

• 2011: Juror, Ideas Competition for Washington Monument Grounds (

• 2008: Consultant to Creative Director, September 11 Memorial Museum.

• 2002: John Hope Franklin Publication Prize committee, American Studies Association.

• 1999: Consultant to Save Outdoor Sculpture!

• 1998: Consultant to the National Organization for Disability on the FDR Memorial, submitted written testimony to the National Park Service.



• Quoted as expert in magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, National Geographic Daily News, Berliner Zeitung, and Guardian [England].  Radio work for NPR programs Studio 360 and Backstory among others.  TV appearances on PBS News Hour, PBS National Geographic documentary, and C-Span.

• Scholarly advisor to National Capital Planning Commission, Washington, D.C. on issues relating to commemoration and temporary monuments.

• Scholarly advisor for the American Social History Project’s Picturing U.S. History: An Online Resource For Teaching With Visual Evidence  (PUSH).

• Leader of professional development seminars for secondary school teachers, National Humanities Institute, Raleigh-Durham.

• Editorial board of Public Art Dialogue.

• Board of advisors for Periscope Publishing, Pittsburgh, PA.

• Reviewer for numerous academic presses including Oxford, Princeton, UC Press, Duke, Chicago, and Smithsonian and for academic journals such as Art Bulletin, Public Historian, History and Memory, Journal of History and Cultures.

• Referee for NEH proposals and for tenure and promotion reviews at various institutions.



• 2014: Publication review of The Civil War in Pennsylvania: The African American Experience for Heinz History Center.

• 2013-14: Tour leader, Office of Public Art, Pittsburgh.

• 2003-05: Project advisor, Monongahela Conference [artist residency and exhibition program for public artists committed to social/ecological change].

• 1997: Board of advisors for Community and Ecology Workshop and Sustainable Open Space Workshop, Nine Mile Run Greenway Project, Carnegie Mellon University.

• 1997: Review panel for CMU project course, “Reclaiming Nine Mile Run.”




American Historical Association

American Studies Association

Association of Historians of American Art

College Art Association

Organization of American Historians

Public Art Dialogue

Society of Architectural Historians