About Abram

Abram Fox is a researcher, scholar, museum volunteer, and nonprofit administrator whose academic interests include subjects as myriad as popular culture and comics, educational pedagogy, and museum education.  His passion is for telling stories, be it as an art historian, classroom instructor, museum educator, or journalist. Abram’s academic work has been published in the International Journal of Comic ArtGraphic Novels and Comics in the Classroom: Essays on the Educational Power of Sequential Art (McFarland, 2013), Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, and Centropa: A Journal of Central-European Architecture and Related Arts, and his sportswriting has appeared on DC Sports Box and District Sports Page. He has presented his research at the College Art Association, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Southeastern College Art Association, and Small Museum Association annual conferences.

Abram and his team at the Art Bytes 2014 Hackathon at the Walters Art Museum. Photo by John Dean Photo.

Abram earned his PhD in Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland, College Park in August 2014, with a specialty in 18th and early 19th century British Art and the transatlantic artistic exchange. His dissertation was on the workshop and family of Anglo-American painter Benjamin West as constructions of the national self at the turn of the nineteenth century.

From August 2013 to May 2014 Abram served as a Program Coordinator and Lecturer at Honors Humanities, an undergraduate living/learning honors program at the University of Maryland which brings together students from all academic backgrounds who demonstrate an interest in the humanities to create a small liberal arts atmosphere within a flagship state university. His responsibilities with Honors Humanities included event programming, co-organizing an annual undergraduate symposium, teaching a sophomore theory seminar, and advising students on keystone projects. At the University of Maryland Abram has also worked as a graduate administrative assistant at the Graduate School and a teaching assistant and lecturer in the Department of Art History and Archaeology, and held a George Levitine Fellowship in Art History from 2006 to 2010 and a CTE-Lilly Graduate Teaching Fellowship in 2010-11. Read more about Abram’s work and awards on his CV.

Currently Abram serves as the Vice President of both the Laurel Historical Society and of the Andrea Henderson Memorial Fund, and is a Board Member of the Historians of British Art. In the 2013-14 academic year he was a graduate student representative to the University of Maryland’s Graduate Council. He works as a docent for Context Travel, delivering walking seminars of the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, and the National Mall, and is a contributor to Smarthistory at Khan Academy.

In his personal life, Abram lives with his wife Sara in suburban Maryland, collects comic books and graphic art prints, and plays on three adult recreational ice hockey teams: Blades of Steel, Stealthy Choice, and the Vikings.

You can find Abram on Twitter, LinkedIn, and academia.edu if you’re interested in learning more about who he is and what he does.

Updated January 11, 2014

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