Born and raised in a suburban desert outside of Los Angeles, I grew up dreaming of the wider world. Since then I have lived and worked throughout the globe. I now divide my time between Berlin and the “World’s Borough” Queens, New York City.
My research, writing, and conceptual artwork, done under the moniker of “The Tourist,” have appeared in various publications and reflect a preoccupation with travel & tourism, cities & globalization, architecture and contemporary art. Before pursuing my various projects full time, I taught courses and research seminars in world history and on tourism and modernity to undergraduate art and design students at Cooper Union and Pratt Institute in New York City.
I have advanced German language skills and more latent French and Czech ones. I am the grateful recipient of various research and writing grants, from such foundations as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); the Social Science Research Council (SSRC); and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
I hold a Ph.D. in Modern European History from New York University.