She received her A.B. in art history from Duke University, and M.A. and Ph.D. in art history and museum studies from the joint program at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art. She has worked in both art museum and academic settings and has been awarded two institutional teaching awards. Spivey’s scholarship explores intersections of gender, dance, and contemporary art, as well as questions about teaching and learning in art history and the digital humanities. She is a frequent contributor to Smarthistory.org and a contributing author of Stokstad’s Art History (6th edition). She is Editor in Chief of AHTR, an online community of practice for visual arts educators, and co-founding editor of Art History Pedagogy and Practice, an academic journal devoted to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in art history. She currently serves as chair of the College Art Association’s Education Committee.