Bio

Sarah-June-2016

I am an art historian, writer, lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Europe – BTK Berlin, and Editor for the Art Market Dictionary (AMD) book project at De Gruyter publishers, based in Berlin, Germany. I am also Editor in Chief of brand-new digital art magazine bosmagazine, a sister program of the annual Berlin Open Studio series of events.

I received my PhD in Art History from University of Southern California in 2015.  My research focuses on the history of photography in Germany, particularly in East Germany during the Cold War. My dissertation project, “The Problem of the Missing Museum: The Construction of Photographic Culture in the GDR,” examines the culture of exhibition for photographs and the numerous attempts to imagine, construct, and manipulate the history of photography and the concept of the photography museum in the German Democratic Republic. I also research and write about contemporary photography.

My academic writing and criticism appears in such publications as Zeithistorische Forschungen, Afterimage, Goethe Institute’s online cultural news, and the International Journal of History, Culture, and Modernity (forthcoming). My other publications include reviews and features for Bookpage, Los Angeles Magazine online, Pasadena Weekly, and Coven Berlin. 

I have worked in various roles in trade and academic publishing, such as Editorial Assistant at Houghton Mifflin Company, The Journal of Marketing, and The Art Bulletin, and have served as research assistant to the head of the scholars program at the Getty Research Institute. I have been working as a freelancer in various editorial roles since 2002.

Funding for my research and study has been awarded by the Conference Group for Central European History, DAAD, the Borchard Foundation, the Fulbright Program, and the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Outside of work, I travel, jog, take photos, haunt museums and galleries, occasionally write fiction and poetry, and pine for my days doing stand-up comedy.

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