academic writings and teaching

Selected Academic Writings

My academic research has been an extension of my teaching, and demonstrates a commitment to an open and wide-ranging scholarly agenda. I have published on Italian Renaissance sculpture (my original research area), medieval manuscripts, and videogames.

Please find my current academic cvhere.

The Fonte Gaia from Renaissance to Modern Times, co-authored with Chiara Scappini (Amsterdam University Press, 2017).
Articles and Book Chapters
“Take Away the Sword: Teaching for Creativity and Communication with the Legend of Zelda in Art History,” in Mythopoeic Narrative in The Legend of Zelda, ed. Anthony G. Cirilla (Routledge, 2020)


The Touch of Sanctity: Niccolò dell’Arca’s Signature on the Lamentation,” Source: Notes in the History of Art 35, no. 4 (Summer 2016): 293-301.


“Disfluency and Deep Processing as Paths to Devotion: Reading and Praying with the Veronica in the Psalter and Hours of ‘Yolande of Soissons’ (M.729)” Peregrinations IV (Autumn 2013): 190-214.

“Sculptors’ Signatures and the Construction of Identity in the ItalianRenaissance,” inA Scarlet Renaissance: Essays in Honor of Sarah Blake McHamed. Victor Coonin (New York: Italica Press, 2013): 35-56. available here

Web-Based Essays

“Questioning the Ethics of Required Textbooks” AHTR Weekly, 2018,

“Donatello, St. Mark,” in Smarthistory, April 17, 2017,

“Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Hunters in the Snow (Winter),” in Smarthistory, December 11, 2015,

Shovel Knight and Self-Reflexivity: The Retrogame as Metafiction and as History” First Person Scholar


Teaching Experience

For over ten years I worked in higher education teaching art history, first as a Teaching Assistant and then as a Visiting and Adjunct Assistant Professor. My most recent position was at Beloit College, where I taught from 2013 to 2019.

Courses taught
Beloit College

“It’s dangerous to go alone!”: Taking a Closer Look at the Legend of Zelda (Spring 2016, Spring 2019)

Italian Renaissance Painting (Spring 2019)

From Icon to Art? An Introduction to Visual Culture in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period (Fall 2018)

Crafting Realities: The Art and History of Documentary Film (Fall 2018)

From Myron to Muscle Beach: Sports in and as Art (Spring 2017, Spring 2018)

Heavy Metal Dudes and Stone Cold Ladies: Italian Renaissance Sculpture (Spring 2018)

Introduction to the Arts of Africa (Fall 2017)

Art, History and Culture to 1300 (Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017)

Northern Renaissance Art (Spring 2014, Fall 2017)

Rome Was and Is: From Bricks to Marble and Back Again (Spring 2017)

The “Birth” of Artistic Genius in the Early Modern Era (Fall 2016)

High Renaissance and Mannerism: The Artistic Legacy of the Sixteenth Century (Spring 2016)

Theory and Methods (Fall 2014, Fall 2016)

Treading Lightly: Sustainable Travel and Cultural Preservation (Fall 2015)

The Not-So-Dark Ages: Western Europe, Byzantium, and Islam in the Middle Ages (Spring 2015)

To Play or Not to Play? Video Games as Agents of Social Change (Spring 2015)

Video Games and Art (Spring 2014)

Renaissance Reconsidered (Fall 2013)

University of Maine

Introduction to Art History, Prehistoric to Gothic (Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Summer 2012)

Mediterranean Medieval Art and Architecture (Spring 2012)

Northern Renaissance Art (Fall 2011)

Middlesex County College

Introduction to Art History, Late Medieval to Modern (Spring 2008)

Rutgers University (Teaching Assistant)

Expository Writing (Instructor of Record, Fall 2008, Fall 2009)

High Renaissance in Italy (Instructor of Record, Summer 2008)

Byzantine Art (Spring 2008)

Introduction to Art History, Late Medieval to Modern (Summer 2007, Instructor of Record)

Introduction to Art History, Prehistoric to Gothic (Co-Instructor of Record, Fall 2007))

Introduction to Art History I and II (Fall 2006, Spring 2007)