Keri Watson


My primary area of research is the visual and material culture of 1930s America, including constructions and representations of gender, race, and disability. My secondary area of research is the use of games in art history education. As an integral part of a liberal arts education, art history teaches students the skills they need to navigate an increasingly visual world. Helping students sort through the matrix of visual and material culture is a requisite part of my job as an art historian, and as a professor, I am continually looking for ways to develop my approach to teaching and learning in order to introduce students to the significant issues of my discipline and to enable them to put these issues into a global context through a variety of exercises. By stimulating active learning through games and play, I strive to create an atmosphere that not only facilitates comprehension of course content, but also fosters a desire for life-long learning.