Christine Garnier is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University and was a Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, during the 2019-2020 academic year. She holds a B.S. in mathematics from the Catholic University of America and an M.A. in Art History from Tufts University. Her dissertation, titled “Amalgamating the West during the American Silver Age,” focuses on the material histories of silver objects created during the rise of mining in the American West during the nineteenth century, and the importance of bringing the social, political, and ecological histories of these lands into art historical dialogs. She is currently a Wyeth fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art (2020-2022).