As of April 2023, I am Professor of History and Theory of Photography at SRH Berlin School of Design and Communication, where I teach BA and MA courses on the history and theory of photography, media, art, and communication. I’m also an art historian, writer, editor, and translator. I joined SRH as a freelance instructor in 2019, and I also co-designed the curriculum of SRH’s new MA program in Photography, which started in October 2022. From 2018–2020, I was the Editor of the Art Market Dictionary (AMD) book and database project at De Gruyter publishers (launched in March 2023 as Bloomsbury Art Markets). From 2016–2018, I was a freelance lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Europe – BTK Berlin.
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 scholarly writing and criticism appears in such publications as Temporary Art Review, Zeithistorische Forschungen, Afterimage, and the International Journal of History, Culture, and Modernity. 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).