Area of Research:
American art, history of photography, feminist theory
My field of research is the history of photography with particular interest in American photography of the New Deal era. Feminist issues and methodology consistently inform my efforts toward an interdiciplinary critical perspective. Along with essays on diverse aspects of twentieth-century documentary photography and mass media, I co-authored and co-curated Official Images: New Deal Photography (Smithsonian, 1988), and Montage and Modern Life (ICA/MIT, 1992). Monographic essays include an early critical essay on FSA photographer Marion Post Wolcott, and more recently the introductory essay to photographer and filmmaker Jack Delano's published memoir, along with curating a retrospective of Delano's photography and graphic art that spanned the FSA/OWI period and four decades of cultural work in Puerto Rico.
The book manuscript I am revising from my doctoral dissertation, "The Rhetoric of the Colorful and the Colorless: American Photography and Material Culture between the Wars," extends this research on interwar America. I am also at work on a volume of essays on the photography of Dorothea Lange, the first of which, "Peculiar Grace: Dorothea Lange and the Testimony of the Body," was published in Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life (Smithsonian, 1994