Bachelor in English summa cum laude, Cornell Univercity, 1977; Master of Arts, Yale University, 1980; Master of Philosophy, Yale University, 1980; Doctor of Philosophy in American Studies, Yale University, 1990.
Assistant professor American literature and civilization Middlebury (Vermont) College, 1986-1996. Senior fellow department American Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, 1995-1996. Assistant director research & publication The New Jersey History Society, 1996—1998.
Associate curator American art Freer Gallery /Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian), Washington, 1999—2005. Curator & depart. head American art Detroit Institute Arts, Detroit, since 2005. Guest curator Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York, 1985-1989.
Consultant Albany Institute History and Art, 1993, Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, New York, 1993, Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, New York, 1993.
Member American Studies Association, College Art Association, Association American Historians.
Married Margaret Augusta Favretti, August 3, 1986. 1 child, Sarah Putman Myers.