I earned my M.A. and Ph. D. in History of Art at Bryn Mawr College, specializing in German and Austrian Modernism. My dissertation, Egon Schiele’s Double Self-Portraiture, examines Schiele’s double self-portraits as an independent body of works, tracing their development as a creative strategy over the course of Schiele’s short career. At Bryn Mawr College, I co-taught a class on Renaissance art with Dr. David Cast and another class on the formal elements of cities throughout history with Dr. Carola Hein. I also worked for an academic year as an English Teaching Assistant in Vienna, Austria. Before matriculating at Bryn Mawr College, I received my B.A. in Liberal Studies from American University, graduating with university honors and departmental honors in Art History.
The recipient of national and international awards, my distinctions include a Fulbright study grant, an Austrian-American Educational Commission award, a DAAD scholarship, and an American University Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship. In the spring of 2015, I was invited to Swarthmore College where I presented “Egon Schiele's Double Self-Portraiture within the context of Viennese Expressionism,” and in 2012, the Fulbright Commission asked me to speak on the Leopold Museum’s collection of Egon Schiele’s self-portraits. I delivered a paper entitled, “Egon Schiele’s Double Self-Portraits as Gedankenmalerei,” in 2015 at the College Art Association conference, and in 2012, I spoke at the innaugural Egon Schiele Research Symposium in Neulengbach, Austria with a paper entitled “Doubling as a Device in Vienna 1900.” I have presented my research twice at the German Studies Association annual conferences: in 2013 I delivered a paper entitled “Visual and Literary Sources of Egon Schiele’s Double Self-Portraiture” and in 2011 “Portraits in Dialogue: A Reconsideration of Egon Schiele’s Portraiture.”
I have published essays in American and European publications, including, “Doubling as a Device in Vienna 1900,” in the Egon Schiele Jahrbuch, "Seeing The Seers: The Viewer’s Role in Egon Schiele’s early Double Self-Portraiture” for the Neue Galerie in New York City, and “Beyond the Self-Seers: The Creative Strategies within Egon Schiele’s Double Self-Portraiture” in the German Visual Culture Series: The Doppelgänger, Vol. III. My current writing projects include an essay entitled “Egon Schiele’s Double Self-Portraits as Gedankenmalerei,” which is under initial review for an edited volume from the 2015 College Art Association conference proceedings, and a new book with the working title, The “Catholic Imagination” and the Body in 20th-Century Austrian Art. I currently work as an editor, and in my free time, I am writing an autobiography about my experience as a non-traditional graduate student.