Hayes P. Mauro
I received my doctorate in art history from the City University of New York Graduate Center and am currently an associate professor at the Queensborough Community College. My first book, titled "The Art of Americanization at the Carlisle Indian School," was published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2011. That book addresses the role of pseudoscientific knowledge and visual representation in the effort to assimilate Native American students at the Carlisle Indian School, a federal boarding school established for such purposes. My last book project, published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2019, is titled Messianic Fulfillments. This project chronologically and thematically traces the role of visual culture in the evangelization of Native Americans from the early efforts of the Puritans during the colonial era to the boarding schools of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. My current research project addresses the role of eugenics in American society in the 20th century in terms of public policy and conceptions of race. It pays special attention to the role played by visual images in the legitimization of this controversial pseudoscience. In addition to my scholarship and teaching, I have curated the student art exhibition at QCC many times and have an active interest in photography. I have shown my photographs at juried exhibitions on multiple occasions.