Blacks and Whites: Race and Photographic Humor (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, expected publication 2017)

Grove Guide to Photography (New York: Oxford University Press, expected publication 2016)

Photography and Its Origins, co-edited with Andres Mario Zervigon (London: Routledge, 2015)

Photography, History, Difference (Hanover: Dartmouth College Press, 2014)

Doctored: The Medicine of Photography in Nineteenth-Century America (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2011)

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Essays in books

“Aesthetic Harmonies: Whistler in Context,” in Whistler and the World: The Lunder Collection of James McNeill Whistler at the Colby College Museum of Art, ed. Justin McCann (Waterville: Colby College Museum of Art, 2015), 229-241

“Comical Conflations: Racial Identity and the Science of Photography,” in No Laughing Matter: Visual Humor in Ideas of Race, Nationality, and Ethnicity, ed. Adrian Randolph and David Bindman (Hanover: UPNE, 2015), 201-230

“A Time and a Place: Rethinking Race in American Art History,” in A Companion to American Art, ed. John Davis, Jennifer A. Greenhill, and Jason D. LaFountain (Oxford: Blackwell Press, 2015), 49-67

“Ordinary Masters: Mike Disfarmer and the Reclamation of Vernacular Photography,” in Becoming Disfarmer, ed. Chelsea Spengemann (Purchase: Neuberger Museum of Art, 2014), 103-114

“Marketing Racism: Popular Imagery in the US and Europe,” co-authored with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., in The Image of the Black in Western Art, Vol. 5, The Twentieth Century, ed. David Bindman and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2014), 29-42

“Looking Pleasant, Feeling White: The Social Politics of the Photographic Smile,” in Feeling Photography, ed. Elspeth Brown and Thy Phu (Durham: Duke University Press, 2014), 127-157

“Retouch Yourself: The Pleasures and Politics of Digital Cosmetic Surgery,” in Digital Snaps: The New Face of Photography, ed. Jonas Larsen and Mette Sandbye (London: I. B. Tauris, 2013), 181-204

“Faith Ringgold: Forging Freedom and Declaring Independence,” and “Faith Ringgold and Rutgers University: A Selected Chronology,” in A Declaration of Independence: 50 Years of Art by Faith Ringgold, ed. Judith K. Brodsky and Ferris Olin (New Brunswick: Institute for Women and Art, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2009), 3-12, 50-51

Peer-reviewed journals

“Confronting Taboo: Photography and the Art of Jacob Lawrence,” American Art 28, no. 3 (fall 2014): 28-51

Re-views: Reflections on Photography,” (October 1, 2013)

“In a New Light: Early African American Photography,” American Studies 52, no. 3 (June 2013): 7-24

“Comical Conflations: Racial Identity and the Science of Photography,” Photography & Culture 4, no. 2 (July 2011): 133-156

“The Critical Eye: Reading Commercial Photography,” American Quarterly 58, no. 4 (December 2006): 1199-1206

Exhibition catalogues

From Ethiopia to New Jersey: Photography and HIV/AIDS (New Brunswick: Johnson & Johnson Corporate Art Program, 2010)




Guest Editor, Archives of American Art Journal, Smithsonian Institution

Editorial Board Member, Photography & Culture, Bloomsbury Press

Editorial Board Member,, College Art Association