Dr. Hayes P. Mauro, Assistant Professor, Art and Design, is the author of The Art of Americanization at the Carlisle Indian School (University of New Mexico Press, 2011). The book is a scholarly critique of photographs, life masks sculptures and prints depicting students at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School—a paramilitary boarding school— designed to forcibly assimilate and Americanize Native American youth.
“This is a significant aspect of American history that needs to be examined,” said Dr. Mauro. “What it means to “look” American has changed dramatically since the late 19th century and I want to share these important images with students in my art history class who offer a unique perspective on the subject given their diverse cultural backgrounds.”
The book, Dr. Mauro’s first, is an extension of his doctoral dissertation presented at the Graduate School at The City University of New York (CUNY). He adds, “I am interested in exploring images representing race and gender and how it intersects with science and American identity.”
Dr. Mauro holds a baccalaureate degree from Florida Atlantic University and Master’s degree in Art History from Florida State University and a Doctorate in Art History from the Graduate School at The City University of New York (CUNY).
He is currently writing a scholarly review of a book that addresses the topic of American Visual Culture. The review is being written for the Winterthur Portfolio, a publication of the Winterthur Museum located in Winterthur, Delaware.