Ph.D., History, University of California, San Diego, 2002. M.A., History, University of California, San Diego, 1997. B.A. (Honors), History, McGill University, Montréal, Canada, 1994. Baccalauréat Français, Lycée Marcelin Berthelot, Saint Maur des Fossés, France, 1990.
Art and the City: Civic Imagination and Cultural Authority in Los Angeles. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009.
Naked: Natural Living and the American Cult of the Body, work-in-progress.
Articles and Essays
“Naked Houses: The Architecture of Nudism and the Rethinking of the American Suburbs,” Journal of Urban History 38:4 (July 2012), 635-661.
“Sunbathing in Suburbia: Health, Fashion, and the Built Environment,” Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture, edited by Giovanna Borasi and Mirko Zardini. Montreal, Quebec: Canadian Centre for Architecture and Lars Müller Publishers, 2012: 364-83.
“Public Art at the Global Crossroads: The Politics of Place in 1930s Los Angeles,” Journal of Social History 44, no. 2 (Winter 2010): 435-457.
“Modern Urban Planning and the Civic Imagination: Historiographical Perspectives on Los Angeles,” Journal of Planning History 7, no. 3 (August 2008): 239-51.
“Nuestro Pueblo: The Spatial and Cultural Politics of Los Angeles’ Watts Towers,” The Spaces of the Modern City: Imaginaries, Politics, and Everyday Life, ed. Gyan Prakash and Kevin Kruse, Princeton University Press, 2008: 275-309.
“The Art of the City: Modernism, Municipal Censorship, and the Emergence of Los Angeles’ Postwar Art Scene,” American Quarterly 56, no. 3 (September 2004): 663-91.
“Picturing the Watts Towers: The Art and Politics of an Urban Landmark,” Reading California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000, ed. Stephanie Barron, Ilene Fort, and Sheri Bernstein, University of California Press, 2000: 372-86.
The Wolfsonian-Florida International University Research Fellowship, 2011.
John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation Fellow of the Huntington Library, 2008-2009.
John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation Summer Research Grant, 2005.
Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies Fellow, Princeton University, 2004-2005.
Associate Editor, American Quarterly and Editorial Board, Public Art Dialogue
Book Review Editor, Southern California Quarterly.