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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

I am currently at capacity and therefore not accepting new research students until 2017-18.

Education / Academic qualification

Bachelor of Arts, Fort Lewis College
Master of Philosophy (MPhil), The University of Glasgow
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Manchester

Biography

Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, my educational background is in archaeology and anthropology.  I was a University Teacher at Glasgow University from 2003-8, and a Lecturer in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at Leeds University in 2007-8 before taking up my current post at ECA. My primary research interests include examining how people engage with and construct meaning from the material world, and how the things and places we make and use are experienced, interpreted, ordered and displayed to construct narratives of historic and contemporary cultures in museums, galleries, landscape, bodily, contemporary art and cinematic contexts. I am also interested in ideas about the material culture of the recent and deep past, and their relationships to presents/futures, and the ethics surrounding museum display, contemporary art and ethnography. Finally, I frequently write for art exhibitions and exhibition catalogues, I am a trustee for Rhubaba Gallery in Edinburgh, a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and am a member of the editorial collective of the peer reviewed journal Visual Culture in Britain.

Research students

Past students:

Kompatsiaris, Panos. PhD 2015: 'Curating Resistances: Crisis and the Limits of the Political Turn in Contemporary Art Biennials'.

Contier, Xavier. PhD 2015: 'Education, reform and symbolic projection in the early twenty-first century, at the National Galleries of Scotland'.

Collaborative Activity

Art + Anthropology Research and Teaching: Atelier: Making Research in the Arts and Social Sciences. With Dr Richard Baxstrom and Professor Neil Mulholland.

Art + Anthropology Practice: member of the collective Aeon of Isis, with artists Alexa Hare and Liz Adamson.

Landscape Research: With Drs Penny Travlou and Alessandro Froldi, I co-teach courses on critical methods for examining landscapes, as well as engaging in collaborative research on spatial politics and often presenting at conferences, symposia and in public discussion platforms.

Office Hours

2-3 pm, Tuesday afternoons during Semesters 1 & 2.

Research outputs

  1. The Archive on Detroit MLS 2020

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  2. Local Populations and Global Heritage (2020)

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

  3. The Factish Field: Generative Dischords and Commonalities in Art and Anthropology

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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Research activities & awards

  1. Bloomsbury Academic

    Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsPublication peer-review

  2. Trustee

    Activity: Public engagement and outreachWork on advisory panels for social community and cultural engagement

  3. External Examiner, MSc, Heritage Interpretation: Management and Practice

    Activity: External academic engagementExternal Examiner or Assessor

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Research projects

  1. Magic, Art, Games and Scams

    Project: Other ProjectOther (Non-Funded/Miscellaneous)

  2. Atelier: NMS

    Project: Other ProjectUniversity Awarded Project Funding

  3. Atelier: Skye

    Project: Other ProjectUniversity Awarded Project Funding

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