My current research interests include arts and culture in recreation and leisure settings, the state of arts education policy and practice in Oregon, representations of comic book superheroes, and the history of large-scale theatrical pageants in the City of Eugene, Oregon. I have special interests in issues related to gender, the working class, and art alongside various elements of performance, process, and production of identity.
I have published in the following peer-reviewed journals: Journal of Arts Management, Law & Society; the Journal of Graphic Novels & Comics; Willamette Valley Voices; and Northwest Theatre Review. I have published a book chapter (2018) on arts and culture in parks and recreation settings for an introductory textbook.
My instructional practice focuses on graduate students in Planning, Public Policy & Management. In my courses, students explore significant concerns around the interdisciplinary nature of and power dynamics of managing and administering, critiquing and interpreting, writing and researching. I support and guide students through plans for their professional life, including internship and career opportunities.
In addition to my instructional role, I am the Faculty Fellow for the UO's Common Reading program housed in Undergraduat Studies. Each year, the Common Reading offers a shared intellectual experience for students, faculty, and staff around a book relevant to today's interconnected society. Engagement with these books in curricular and co-curricular settings creates a sense of community, encourages critical reading, and introduces students to the nature of inquiry, creativity, and research.
I serve as an invited member of the Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the international Association of Arts Administration Educators. I am Past Editor of CultureWork: A Periodic Broadside for Arts & Culture Workers. I have served on advisory boards for ArtCore, the Cultural Advocacy Coalition, and the Oregon Arts Commission.
PPPM 604: Internship
PPPM 623: Professional Development
AAD 199: Portable Life Museum AAD 199: Art Meets Science: Making the Invisible Visible
AAD 250: Art & Human Values AAD 251: Art and Visual Literacy AAD 252: Art and Gender
AAD 301: Understanding Arts & Creative Sectors AAD 312: Arts Management
AAD 421/521: Cultural Programming AAD 471/571: Performing Arts Management