Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism (2012).  BFA, 1987, National College of Art and Design, Dublin; MAAH coursework, 1993, SAIC; MA, 1996, and PhD, 2002, Art History, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Publications: Art Bulletin, Cambridge French Studies, Nineteenth-Century French Studies. Awards: Lorado Taft Award, University of Illinois, 2011, Humanities Institute of Ireland, 2009, Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2004–6, Israel Rosen Prize, 1996, Johns Hopkins Fellowships, 1993-95, Fulbright Scholarship, 1991–92, International Student Scholarship, SAIC, 1992, Ireland Fund Bursary, 1991–93, Greek Government Scholarship, 1989–90, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland, 1988, Norwegian Government Scholarship, 1988.


  • Delacroix and His Forgotten World: The Lost Origins of Romantic Painting (forthcoming from I.B. Tauris, London, 2014)
  • "Diderot's Touch," The Contemporary Querrelle Between the Ancients and the Moderns, Benjamin Binstock and Mary Stieber, eds., Ashgate Publishing (forthcoming)
  • "Action-inaction: l'anti-spectaculaire chez Delacroix," Bulletin de la Société des Amis du Musée Eugène Delacroix 7 (2009): 3–10
  • "Etienne-Jean Delécluze's Response to Eugène Delacroix's Scenes from the Massacres at Chios (1824)," The Art Bulletin 89 (March 2007): 63–81
  • "Introduction," in Stephen Bann, Ways Around Modernism, Routledge, 2006
  • "Sigalon's Poison," in The Enduring Instant, Time and the Spectator in the Visual Arts, Antoinette Roesler-Friedenthal and Johannes Nathan, eds. (Berlin: Gebrüder Mann Verlag, 2003): 81–91

Book reviews

  • Susan Waller, The Invention of the Model: Artists and Models in Paris, 1830–1870, French Studies 61 (Jul. 2007): 389–390
  • Daniel et Marie-Jeanne Ternois, eds. Lettres d'Ingres à Gilibert. French Studies 61 (Jan. 2007): 104–105
  • Marie-Claude Chaudonneret, ed. Adolphe Thiers: critique d'art, Salons de 1822 et de 1824, French Studies 60 (Apr. 2006): 275–276
  • Richard R. Brettell, Impression: Painting Quickly in France 1860–1890. Nineteenth-Century French Studies 31 (Spring 2003): 352–354

Exhibitions (as artist)

  • Art of the State, Dublin Castle; Institute for European Affairs, Louvain, Belgium, 1999
  • Arís, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, 1993
  • Contemporary Irish Artists, Venté Museum, Tokyo
  • Drawings by Five Artists, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin, 1991
  • Art Inc., Guinness Hop Store, Dublin
  • Greek and International Artists, Athens, 1989
  • Germinations 5, Musée d'Art contemporain, Lyon, Frauenmuseum, Bonn, De Beyerd, Breda, The Netherlands, 1989–1990,
  • Guinness Peat Aviation Awards, Trinity College, Dublin

Collections (as artist)

  • National Concert Hall, Dublin
  • International Financial Services Centre, Dublin
  • Guinness Peat Aviation, Shannon
  • Joseph Masheck, NYC
  • Venté Museum, Tokyo
  • Minerve Inc., Paris

Current Interests

  1. Re-appraising the criteria used for contemporary drawing.
  2. New contexts for Picasso's so-called Rose-Period: his approach to life-size drawing, exemplified by Boy with a Horse (MOMA, 1906). Essay under journal review.
  3. Paul Sérusier's Talisman (Musée Orsay, Paris, 1888) as jabbingly-painted result of a plein-air lesson from Paul Gauguin, subsequently frozen into canonical place by the Nabis and later theorizers of abstraction.

Thesis Advisees

  • Kat Buckley (MA 2017): Threading Through The Interwar: Nomadism, Tapestry And The Rediscovery Of Marie Cuttoli
  • Lillian M. Elliott (MA 2016): Great Scott! Picturing The Past Through The Waverley Novels


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