Kerr Houston earned his Ph.D in art history from Yale University (2001) and his undergraduate degree from Williams College (1992). He began to teach at MICA in the fall of 2002. Originally trained as a medievalist, he regularly teaches courses on medieval European as well as Islamic art and architecture, and has published a number of articles on Italian painting and sculpture in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries in journals such as Gesta. More recently, however, he has become deeply interested in art criticism since the 1950s, and, in addition to writing occasional criticism of his own, now teaches a course in the history and practice of art criticism from the 1960s to the present. He is also the author of An Introduction to Art Criticism, to be published by Pearson in 2012. Finally, he is also a regular contributor to Vocabula, an online journal dedicated to commentary on modern language usage, and has published his writing in Exhibitionist, SECAC Review, Source: Notes in the History of Art, Early Modern Visual Culture, The Cord, Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research, Urbanite, Camera Obscura, African-American Review, and CAAReviews; his essay on Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis recently appeared in Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books and Graphic Novels (Continuum).