An art historian of early modern Italy, I write about bodies and buildings, mannerisms and misbehavior, faded facades and noble rot. I have published four scholarly books, on widow portraiture, Renaissance men and masculinity, the visual culture of sex, and the material culture of play in the early modern world.
In addition, I am founding series editor of Visual and Material Culture, a new book series published by Amsterdam University Press, and I was previously founding series editor of the highly acclaimed Visual Culture in Early Modernity series published by Ashgate (now Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group).
I have held teaching appointments at University College London, Wheaton College (Massachusetts), and Tulane University. My research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Association of University Women, the Getty Research Institute, the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library of Harvard University, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and the Bogliasco Foundation, among others.
Born and raised in New Orleans, I live in New York City.
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