Cultural heritage studies
My recent teaching interests center on the field of cultural heritage. In courses such as Global Perspectives on the Museum (with Sanchita Balachandran), Who Owns Culture?, and Heritage, Memory, and Temporality (NYU), students investigate how legal, political, and policy matters intersect with the study of heritage.
Students in my practicum courses have organized exhibitions, developed public programs, and reinterpreted historic installations. Whether working with Renaissance prints, mid-20th-century murals, or Hubble imagery, these courses have allowed them to get out of the classroom and apply theory to practice.
Materials and materiality
In collaboration with colleagues, I have designed and taught courses connecting students to materials in a humanistic context. These include Readings in Material Culture (with Rebecca Brown), Conservation of Material Culture: Art, Artifacts and Heritage Sites (with Lori Trusheim), and the freshman seminar All About Things.
Students in my courses have developed web content for the Baltimore Museum of Art, Walters Art Museum, and Johns Hopkins University museums . Several grants from Hopkins' Center for Educational Resources allowed me to design and implementa digital mapping tool that students have used to study and research museum history.
In Paris, Venice, and Florence (for JHU's MLA program), I have introduced students to the ways that museums, monuments, and heritage sites reflect and shape cultural environments. Behind-the-scenes tours and lectures from local specialists offer rare perspectives and opportunities for students.