Alexis L. Boylan received her B.A. in history from Bryn Mawr College and her Ph.D. in art history from Rutgers University. Her research focus is on the visual culture of the United States from the colonial to the contemporary periods with particular emphasis on race and gender.
Boylan is the author of Ashcan Art, Whiteness, and the Unspectacular Man (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017) and the editor of Thomas Kinkade, The Artist in the Mall (Duke University Press, 2011). Boylan has published in American Art, Journal of Curatorial Studies, Rethinking Marxism, Woman’s Art Journal, and Prospects and has contributed essays to recent museum exhibition catalogues including Seeing the City: John Sloan’s New York (Yale University Press and the Delaware Art Museum, 2007); Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art (University of South Carolina Press and the Gibbes Museum of Art, 2008); and The Life and Art of Alfred Hutty: Woodstock to Charleston (University of South Carolina Press 2012). She is currently working on an exhibition about painter Ellen Emmet Rand, and her next book project focuses on the murals and sculpture created for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.