Research and Writing

My broad research interests are in the history of educational photography, visual technology in science, and discourses about visual communication. My current research explores Cold War-era proposals about photography’s democratic power and related ideas about relationships between photography and language. I am also currently working on a project about black hole imaging and its relationship to the history of photography.

See below for a sample of my past and ongoing work.

“Science, Politics, and Visual Design in Cold War America: Will Burtin’s ‘Cell’,” Visual Resources, Vol. 34, No. 3-4 (2018).

“Pedagogical Interventions: The Physics Photographs of Berenice Abbott,” RACAR: Revue d’art canadienne/Canadian Art Review, Vol. 41, No. 2 (2016), 72-85.

“’Through Navajo Eyes’: Film Education as Democratic Progress in the 1960s” (conference presentation), Photography History Research Center Annual Conference, Leicester, UK, 2020.

Kul’ttovary: Bringing Culture into the Soviet Home,” Florida State University,, April 2018.

Botany Hall: Dioramas in Context with Aisling Quigley: a digital exhibition about the botanical dioramas of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 2018.

“Botany Hall: Re-contextualizing Historical Dioramas from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH),” Museum Computer Network, Pittsburgh, 2017.

Profile of John MawurndjulArtist Profile, Summer 2014.

War at a Distance,” Gallery TPW, C Magazine, Issue 105, Spring 2010.