Dr. Burns’s research analyzes the circulation of artists and objects in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and interprets how mobility shapes visual culture and cultural discourses of modernism and nationalism. It asks how circulation is framed within the materiality of objects, and how meanings change through transit.

Dr. Burns offers courses on eighteenth and nineteenth-century European and U.S. art, constructions of race in visual culture, the history of the arts of Asia, and the surveys of art history.

PhD, Washington University, St. Louis, Art History and Archaeology