I’m an author, journalist, and professor who writes about women’s history and the arts. My books are Bodies of Subversion:A Secret History of Women and Tattoo, The Blue Tattoo:The Life of Olive Oatman, and (coming in August) Looking For Miss America, a cultural history of the Miss America pageant. My writing has appeared in The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, Vice,¬†Elle, ARTnews, Bookforum, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer, O, The Oprah Magazine, The New Yorker, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, and other publications.

I’m an English professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York (CUNY) and CUNY’s Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.