As a PhD candidate at Brown University, I am affiliated with the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, the Department of Anthropology, and Brown’s Program in Science and Technology Studies.
My dissertation is titled The New Aura: Performance Aesthetics and Experimental Science in Cultural Reproduction. In it, I argue that the reconstructive work of conservation scientists and archaeologists participates in an aesthetic history of authenticity and reality that has the power to remake culture, religion, and politics.
My case studies include the restoration of Mark Rothko’s Harvard Murals, the precision-manufactured facsimiles of Egyptian tombs by Factum Arte, and the replicas of Buddhist cave temples from Dunhuang, China by the Getty Conservation Institute.
I recently completed a secondary masters degree in Cultural Anthropology through Brown's Open Graduate Education Program, and I hold an MA in Performance Studies from Brown, an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Theatre from Trinity University. I have a professional background in museum design, theatre direction, and the production of technology-driven art installations.
Prior to returning to academia, I worked at ESI Design in New York City. In 1997, I co-founded Liminal, a Portland, Oregon based performance and media ensemble. As Liminal's artistic director, I received three Portland Drama Critics Circle Awards for best direction and design of Liminal projects.