Position title: Ph.D. Candidate
Michael broadly works on the theories and histories of visual culture during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with an emphasis on the practices of spectatorship. His dissertation examines how an elicited sense of animate nature contests anthropocentric and colonial understandings of the human in British print culture surrounding the Haitian Revolution. Michael is also currently finishing an article project on the performative potential of Anne-Louis Girodet’s mythological paintings. His research has been or will be supported by the Boston Athenaeum, the Clark Library at UCLA, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and CHE. Recent or upcoming conference presentations include the Modern Language Association (2021), College Art Association (2020), the South Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (2019), and Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies (2017), among others. Michael has taught the History and Theory of Photography as well as the Concept of Contemporary Art. Michael holds a B.A. (2015) from Sarah Lawrence College in addition to a M.A. (2018) in Art History and a certificate (2018) in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Jill H. Casid