I am curator of the 2019 Benin program of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC. I earned a PhD in art history at Indiana University in 2018. In 2017-2018, I was a Predoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution with research appointments in the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
I study African art and focus especially on cloth, dress, and fashion in West Africa. I first traveled to Mali in 2007 as an art student, where I was struck by the beauty and vitality of Malians' dress and self-presentation, a form of art most people engage with on a daily basis. I continue to pursue projects with Malian and Mandekan-speakers around the world. I previously worked in study abroad programming, at the Indiana University Art Museum, in art consulting, and at a boutique letterpress shop.