Laura Holzman is Associate Professor of Art History and Museum Studies at Indiana University, IUPUI, where she is also Public Scholar of Curatorial Practices and Visual Art and Director of the Museum Studies Program. As an engaged art historian, her work is dedicated to activating art history, its methods, and its related institutions as tools for strengthening communities, expanding democratic discourse, and creating a more reflective society. At IUPUI, Laura teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on topics such as public art, curatorial practice, museum history and theory, and urban visual culture. She regularly develops exhibitions and public programs in collaboration with partners in and around the Indianapolis region. Her first book, Contested Image: Defining Philadelphia for the Twenty-First Century (Temple University Press, 2019), analyzes public discourse, historical art, and the struggle to shape Philadelphia's reputation during an important moment of change in the city. Her writing has also appeared in venues such as Public Art Dialogue and Public: A Journal of Imagining America.