I am an art-architectural historian and historic preservationist specializing in American luxury interiors of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. My current doctoral research (Courtauld Institute of Art) focuses on the relationship between elite subjectivity and historicized Franco-centric decorating practices in American mansions between ca. 1880 and 1915. Interests include the American Gilded Age, Beaux-Arts and 'revival' styles, genteel spatial typology, technology and ornament, and practices of collecting and display. Areas of focus include Vanderbilt residences, the architect Richard Morris Hunt and associated professionals and firms, bathrooms and bathing spaces, and the collection and salvage of eighteenth-century French decorative arts and interiors. I also research and write on my hometown of Cleveland, Tennessee.