Ann studies twentieth-century American art, fashion, and craft. Her current research concerns the relationship between fashion and ethnographic photography in the United States and abroad during the interwar period. Her dissertation contends that the understudied so-called scrapbooks of George Platt Lynes (1907-1955) and Walker Evans (1903–75) as well as the agendas by Man Ray (1890–1976) are a means by which to reassess the established boundaries and categorical divisions of photography between the wars. By scrutinizing the piecemeal, heterogenous contents of these marginalized objects, this project reveals fragmentation as a fundamental experience of these three photographers, visible in their oeuvres, biographies, and shared social networks in the U.S. and abroad.
Prior to attending Stanford, she was an associate curator at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery in New York where she organized a number of design and material culture exhibitions and curated An American Style: Global Sources for New York Textile and Fashion Design (catalogue published by Yale University Press, 2013). She was also a contributor to the 2011 edited volume Knoll Textiles: 1945–2010. Her article “The Magic in the Dyepot: Mable Morrow, Alice Kagawa Parrott, and the Sites of Exchange in Modern Weaving” appeared in the summer 2018 issue of The Journal of Modern Craft. She also recently contributed review articles to Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body, & Culture and the Winterthur Portfolio.