About Professor Carso

Kerry Dean Carso is professor of art history at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she teaches courses on American art and architecture.  Her research focuses on interconnections between the arts and literature in the nineteenth-century United States.  She is the author of Follies in America: A History of Garden and Park Architecture (Cornell University Press, 2021) and American Gothic Art and Architecture in the Age of Romantic Literature (University of Wales Press, 2014), winner of the 2015 Henry-Russell Hitchcock Award from the Victorian Society in America.  She has also published several articles on Gothic Revival architecture and Romantic painting in peer-reviewed journals including Mosaic, Winterthur Portfolio, Symbiosis, The Hudson River Valley ReviewGothic Studies, and Aeternum: The Journal of Contemporary Gothic Studies.  She has written essays for catalogues for Dorsky Museum exhibitions on American landscape painting, the painter Jervis McEntee, the designer Russel Wright, and the architect Steven Holl.  In fall 2014, she co-edited with Thomas Wermuth an issue of The Hudson River Valley Review on “Painters, Writers, and Tourists in the Nineteenth Century” and contributed an essay to the volume.  Professor Carso is a Sustainability Faculty Fellow at SUNY New Paltz.

Professor Carso earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in American Studies from Boston University and an A.B. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University.  She taught previously at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Follow her on Twitter @kerrydeancarso and Instagram @kdcarso.