PhD Candidate; American Art

Casey Monroe is a PhD candidate specializing in the history of photography and nineteenth-century art of the United States. His dissertation examines William Henry Jackson’s international photographs for the World’s Transportation Commission, taken between 1894 and 1896, and the techniques through which Jackson visually constructed a global frontier of industrialization. The Commission consisted of five members who traveled the globe for eighteen months for the purposes of gathering information and material regarding international transportation systems for display and collection at the Field Columbian Museum. Ultimately published in a series of forty-eight Harper’s Weekly articles, Jackson’s photographs cast his subjects as spaces and peoples on the fringe of industrial development, characterizing them as the foci of Euro-American infrastructural investment and touristic pleasure. Casey’s research has been generously supported by the Beaze and Harry Adelson Research Fund, the Kate and Hall Peterson Grant, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Prior to attending Boston University, Casey received his M.A. in art history from Tufts University and served as a research fellow at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, NY. He has also held internships at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art.

Dissertation in Progress
“Picturing a Global Frontier: William Henry Jackson and the World’s Transportation Commission”

Research Interests

  • History of Photography
  • Art of the United States
  • Late Nineteenth & Early Twentieth Century Art