thomas-2I received my PhD in Visual Studies from UC Santa Cruz. My dissertation, “Enacted Sites: Art and the Visualization of Spatial Justice in Los Angeles” examined the visual politics of urban space in Los Angeles using theories of improvisation. Specifically, I looked at the ways African American and Latinx artists directly engage the physical material constituting the city in order to make claims to space and identify alternative sites of political articulation. Underlying my current research is a persistent interest in the intersection between mobility and visuality and understanding how contemporary art can enhance the discussion and practice of democracy and social justice.

As an art historian by training and an interdisciplinary scholar in practice, I am particularly interested in interrogating how the field can remain relevant at a time when many people question the value of the humanities. I explore the potential for digital scholarship to enliven art historical research by engaging a broader public audience.