B.A., Art History, High Honors, Dartmouth College, 2005
M.A., Art and Architectural History, University of Virginia, 2009
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia
Jill's research interests include race, landscape, and transatlantic exchange in early American visual and material culture. Her master's thesis, Race and Space at George Washington's Mount Vernon, explored the enslaved and tourist landscapes of Mount Vernon in the late eighteenth century. Jill continues to examine themes of race and material exchange in the nineteenth-century Atlantic world as she undertakes research for her dissertation, Picturing Freedom's Shores: The Visual Culture of African Americans in Liberia, 1821-1865.
In 2012, Jill curated the exhibition, "The Valley of the Shadow: American Landscapes in the Time of the Civil War" at the Fralin Museum of Art and wrote the essay for its accompanying catalogue. She has taught a survey course in American art at Virginia Tech and has served as a teaching assistant at UVa and aboard the Semester at Sea ship. She has previously held a Jefferson Fellowship and a Luzak-Lindner Fellowship, and she is currently supported by an ACLS/Luce Fellowship in American Art. This summer she will conduct fieldwork in Monrovia, Liberia."