curriculum vitae


• Master of Fine Arts in Photography, University of New Mexico at Albuquerque 1996

• Master of Arts in Photography, University of New Mexico at Albuquerque 1988

• Bachelor of Arts in Art and Archaeology / Visual Arts, Princeton University 1986



Editor, exposure: the Journal of the Society for Photographic Education 2005 – 2011

I have published an accomplished and diverse group of artists and writers including Zoe Strauss, Doug and Mike Starn, Todd Hido, Joan Lyons, Frank Gohlke, Linda Connor, Andy Grundberg, Sunil Gupta, Roshini Kempadoo, Jason Fulford, Gregory Halpern, Rheim Alkahdi, Jesus Aguilar, Ann Hamilton, Tom Barrow, Geoffrey Batchen, Sheila Pree Bright, Kalia Brooks, Bridget Cooks, Therese Mulligan, Lonnie Graham, Susan kae Grant, Paige West, Gabe Martinez, Myra Greene, Naomi Rosenblum, Nathan Lyons, Stephen Marc, Zanele Muholi, Bayeté Ross Smith, Betsy Schneider, Mark Sealy, Clarissa Sligh, Nancy M. Stuart, Stephanie Syjuco, Carl Toth, Katherine Ware, and Deborah Willis


• Guest Curator, “10×10x10 (Eric Percher),” San Francisco Arts Commission and PhotoAlliance, San Francisco City Hall
Named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the 10 best exhibitions of 2009

• Guest Curator, “Here and Now,” de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

Mixed media exhibit featured contemporary Bay Area artists including Hank Willis Thomas, Bayeté Ross Smith, April Banks, Keba Konte, and Emmanuel Pratt, conceived in conjunction with historical companion exhibition “Recovered Views.” Selected artists, selected artwork and layout, wrote introductory panel text. Worked with SCU students to write wall label text for the exhibition.

• Co-Curator, “Patriot Acts,” California Lawyers for the Arts, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

Initiated a statewide call for artists in all media for thematic exhibition. Selected final submissions by artists including Rheim Alkahdi, Victor Cartagena, and Favianna Rodriguez; edited, and sequenced work for multimedia digital presentation.

• Curatorial Assistant, Wilson Centre for Photography

Catalogued and maintained private collection of 19th and 20th century photographs, rare books, and albums. Managed a study center and library that was available to outside researchers. Coordinated acquisitions and loans of objects from the collection. Performed archival maintenance and preservation on collection materials. Catalogued and maintained a reference library of photography-related titles. Edited texts for exhibition labels and publications including Annals of My Glass House: Photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron and Pictorialism in California: Photographs 1900 – 1940.

• Curator, “Allegiances: flags, banners, mural photographs & books,” Glendale Community College

• Curator, Prints and Photographs Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library New York, New York

Managed the most heavily used Special Collections Division of a major Research Library within the New York Public Library system. Devised and implemented a streamlined system for coordinating copy materials for researchers. Oversaw the re-housing of the collection into archival storage units. Helped determine and implement categories for collections management via CATNYP, the New York Public Library cataloging system. Supervised staff of regular and student employees in assisting researchers in the Prints and Photographs Study Room, fulfilling research and copy requests via mail and telephone, and maintaining and organizing collection materials.

• Intern, Department of Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum

Researched and catalogued collection of Western photographs and contemporary collections. Visited regional collections and created a resource guide to resources in Southern California of Western photographs. Researched and wrote acquisition proposals, facilitated loans from the collection, supervised the use of collection materials with visitors.


• Assistant Professor, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (SPAS), College of Imaging Arts and Sciences (CIAS), Rochester Institute of Technology

• Adjunct Professor, History of Photography and Studio Photography, Marion Center for Photographic Arts, College of Santa Fe, New Mexico

• Instructor of Photography, Pomona College Claremont, California

• Artist/Teacher, Summer Master Course, Southeast Museum of Photography

• Visiting Artist, San Francisco Art Institute

• Independent Study and Thesis Advisor, California College of the Arts San Francisco

• Lecturer, Stanford University Stanford, California

• Consultant, Youth Photography Program, Richmond Village Beacon San Francisco 2004

Co-Curator, “Who am I: Beacon Youth Photography @ BUILD,” Build Gallery, San Francisco, 2004


Writer and Editor, Subtext: The Group at Strasberg

Wrote and edited all content from cover blurbs to main features for quarterly newsletter of a theater and film school founded by Lee Strasberg. Conducted interviews with screenwriters, directors, actors, playwrights, and lecturers; researched background information on subjects, resulting in lively and well-informed writing and an increase in readership.

Writer, J. Paul Getty Museum

Researched and wrote text about the Museum’s curatorial collections for an interactive multimedia computer system in a deadline-driven, production-oriented environment which contributed integrally to the museum’s move into digital technology. Extensively edited and rewrote scholarly text using audience-friendly language. Conceived, researched and wrote didactic multimedia presentations. Identified and selected images to illustrate segments. Identified and created cross-collection presentations. Conducted correspondence with museums, galleries, auction houses, and other collections for obtaining materials related to the project, especially the designation and procurement of audio-visual materials.

selected publication

“Zoe Strauss,” Light Work Annual, Light Work: 2011.

“Oscar Palacio’s Unfamiliar Histories,” California Institute of Integral Studies: 2011.

“Bayeté Ross Smith’s Acts of Culture,” Bayeté Ross Smith: Color Blind, Beta Pictoris: 2010.

Suné Woods: bountiful darkness, San Francisco: California Institute of Integral Studies: 2010.

Research contributor, Deborah Willis, ed., Black Venus 2010: They Called her “Hottentot,” Temple: 2010.

Interview with Stephen Marc, Passage on the Underground Railroad: Photographs by Stephen Marc, University Press of Mississippi, 2009.

Introduction, Thomas McGovern, Amazing Grace, Parker Publishing: 2009.

Introduction in Dave Jordano, Articles of Faith: African-American Community Churches in Chicago, Center for American Places: 2009.

“Model Bodies,” in Black Womanhood: Images, Icons, and Ideologies of the African Body, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: 2008.

Introduction, Family History Memory: Recording African American Life by Deborah Willis, Irvington, New York: Hylas Publishing, 2005.

“Body Baggage,” New York Newsday, February 8, 2004.

Dialogue with Lyle Rexer, Man-ifestations: Photographs of Men, exhibition catalogue, Southeast Museum of Photography at Daytona Beach Community College, 2004.

“Telling Stories, Making (Hi)stories: The Narrative Impulse,” Screenings: Private and Public, exhibition catalogue, Noyes Museum of Art, 2004.

Introduction, First Seen: Portraits of the World’s Peoples, exhibition catalogue, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 2004.

“Collecting Memory: Portraiture, Posing, and Desire,” A Century of African American Art: The Paul R. Jones Collection, Rutgers University Press, 2004.

The Black Female Body: A Photographic History, with Deborah Willis, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, February 2002.

Thurgood Marshall (Journey to Freedom children’s book series), Chanhassen, Minnesota: The Child’s World, 2002.

The Underground Railroad (Journey to Freedom children’s book series), Chanhassen, Minnesota: The Child’s World, 2002.

Contributor, Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia, second edition, edited by Darlene Clark Hine.

“21st: The Journal of Contemporary Photography,” Black & White Magazine 19, June 2002.

Contributor,, an online encyclopedia of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer culture.

Photography from 1839 to Today: George Eastman House, Rochester, NY [now titled 1000 Photo Icons], (contributing author), collection catalog, International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House with Taschen America, 1999.

MFA Thesis: Sell It or Sit Down On It: The Black Female Body in French Photography, 1850 – 1890

Skin Deep cover “Naked, Neutered, or Noble: Extremes of the Black Female Body and the Problem of Photographic History,” in Kimberly Wallace Sanders, ed., Skin Deep, Spirit Strong: The Black Female Body in American Culture, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002.

Fotophile “Maudelle Bass: An Artist’s Model,” Fotophile: The Journal for Creative Photographers, No. 41, 2002.

“The Black Female Body in Photographs from World’s Fairs and Expositions,” with Deborah Willis, in “Race, Photography, and American Culture,” exposure, volume 33, 1/2, Daytona Beach, Florida: Society for Photographic Education, 2000.

“‘Jake in Transition from Female to Male’” series, or, Through the Mirror and What Clarissa Found There,” Contact Sheet 112, Syracuse: Light Work, 2002.

“Recent Black Photographers,” PhotoPoint Magazine (now defunct), January 17, 2001.

“Hardcore: The Radical Self-Portraiture of Black Female Bodybuilders,” in Picturing the Modern Amazon, New York: New Museum of Contemporary Art, 2000. Winner, Sixteenth Annual Susan Koppelman Awards Honoring Feminist Editing of Anthologies, Multi-Authored, or Edited Books in American Culture or Popular Cultural Studies of Any Place or Period, 2001.

“So Much Life Here: Portraits at Imperial Courts,” Portraits at Imperial Courts and Eight Women in Jeffersonville, Indiana (Photographs by Dana Lixenberg), Los Angeles: knowtribe and the Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, 1999.

“Playing Nature and Culture: Black Women Make Themselves,” exhibition brochure, “Soothsayers: She Who Speaks the Truth,” Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, January – March, 1999.

“Reading Deeper: The Legacy of Dick and Jane in the Work of Clarissa Sligh,” Image (volume 38 nos. 3 – 4), Rochester, New York: International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Fall/Winter 1995.

“A Prayer For the Living [The Photographs of Fazal Sheikh],” See: A Journal of Visual Culture, Issue 1:2, San Francisco: The Friends of Photography, June 1995.

“The Erotic Image is Naked and Dark,” Picturing Us: African American Identity in Photography, edited by Deborah Willis, The New Press: New York, 1994. Winner of Infinity Award, International Center for Photography, New York 1995


• Panelist, “Beauty and Fashion: The Black Portrait Symposium,” Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, April 2011

• Moderator, Photo Book-Works Symposium, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY 07.2010

Speakers included Anne Wilkes Tucker, Alec Soth, Mike Mandel and Chantal Zakari, Jeffrey Ladd, Theo Baart, Cary Markerink, Ron Jude, Jason Fulford, Gregory Halpern, Nathan Lyons, Susan kae Grant, François Deschamp, and Alex Sweetman

• Panelist, “Unexpected Desire,” with Coco Fusco, Hank Willis Thomas, Wafaa Bilal, David Graham, Phyllis Galembo, and Deborah Willis, SPE National Conference, Philadelphia, PA 03.2010

• Moderator, Venus 2010 Symposium, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, 03.27.2010

• Black Visual Culture Speaker Series, University of California Berkeley 03.2009

• Rochester Institute of Technology, NY 01.2009

• San Francisco Art Institute 10.2008

• SPEWEST Regional Conference, San Francisco, CA 11.2008

• Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA 06.2008

• SPE National Conference, Denver, CO 03.2008

• Keynote Speaker, A.A.S.D. Black Graduation, University of California, Berkeley 06.2007

• Keynote Speaker, Duke University 03.2007

• African & African American Art and Film, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University 11.2007

• University of Texas at Austin 09.2007

• Dahesh Museum, New York, NY 02.2005

• College Art Association National Conference, Atlanta, GA 02.2005

• Annual American Studies Association Meeting, Atlanta, GA 11.2004

• San Francisco Art Institute, CA 10.11. 2004

• Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL 08.2004

• Stanford University, CA 01.2004

• Center for the Visual Arts, Denver, CO 11.2003

• The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News, 02.09.2004

• Bryn Mawr College, PA 03.2004

• Center for Historical Studies, University of Maryland 05.2003

• James A. Porter Colloquium, Howard University, Washington, D.C. 04.2003

• Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA 04.2003

• International Museum of Film and Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, NY 04.2003

• Museum of the School of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 02.2003

• African and African American Studies, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 11.2002

• Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA 11.2002

• Columbia University, New York 06.2002

• Radio Times, WHYY, Philadelphia, PA 02.2002

• SITE Santa Fe, NM 11.06.2001

• Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, Cambridge, MA 03.03.2000


• Juror, Critical Mass, Photolucida 2009 – 2010

• Portfolio Reviewer, PhotoAlliance, San Francisco, CA

• Portfolio Reviewer, Photolucida, Portland, OR

• Juror, Princeton Prize in Race Relations 2009-present

• Programs in the Community Grant Panelist, San Francisco Arts Commission 2006

• Executive Assistant and Office Manager, D.E. Shaw & Co. 2005-2008

• Co-founder, cadre $10 Artists’ Grant

The cadre $10 artists’ grant sought to make positive, sustainable change in the art world using a community-based funding model: we solicit $10 donations to give grants to artists. With jurors made up of donors and arts professionals, to date we have given away more than $5000 to artists including Kelli Connell, Eric Gottesman, Ginelle Hustrulid, Erica Freyberger, Minette Mangahas, Ricardo Richie, Kirstyn Russell, Jessica Ingram, Jessamyn Lovell, Nora Barrows-Friedman, Andy Fraser, and Ifétayo Abdus-Salam.

• Arts Advisory Committee, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco 2004-2005

• Publications Committee, Society for Photographic Education 2005-

• Visual Resource Curator, Thaw Art History Center, College of Santa Fe 1999-2002

• Advisory Board Member, Center for the Arts of the African Diaspora (CAAD) 1998-2004

• Member, Board of Directors, Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies 1993-1995

• Peer Review Panelist, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs 1993 – 1997


• Faculty Education and Development (FEAD) Grant, Rochester Institute of Technology 2010

• Artist Residency, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Taos, NM 2005

• Rockefeller Fellow, Humanities Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA 2002-2003

• Artist-in-Residence, Light Work Syracuse, NY 1997

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