Art History and Visual Culture

San José State University
San José, CA

Graphic Design, Minor in Art History

San José State University
San José, CA

Bachelor of Arts

Master of Arts

Magne Cum Laude

Master of Arts Thesis

The American Girl: Delineating an Age through the Ladies' Home Journal. San José State University 


Adjunct Instructor 7+ years full time equivalent

Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA                                                                                          2013 - present

Chabot College, Hayward, CA.                                                                                     2016 - present

College of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA.                                                                       2020 - present

Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA                                                                            2016 - present

Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA                                                              2013 - 2016 

Gavilan College, Gilroy, CA                                                                                                2013 - 2014


Introduction to Art / Art Appreciation (Face-to-Face, Hybrid, Online)

Ancient to Gothic (Face-to-Face, Hybrid, Online)

Medieval through Renaissance (Hybrid)

Renaissance to Modern (Face-to-Face, Hybrid, Online)

Modern Art: 1800 to 20th Century (Face-to-Face and Online)

Contemporary Art and Visual Culture (Online) 

History of Photography (Face-to-Face)



Contributing author, “The American Girl: Ideas of Nationalism and Sexuality as Promoted in the Ladies’ Home Journal during the early 20th Century,” Women in Magazines: Research, Representation, Production and Consumption. Abingdon, U.K.: Routledge, 2016.

Co- Author and Editor, San José State University Department of Art History and Visual Culture’s Student’s Guide to Art History. Edited by Cheyanne Cortez and Ashley Harrop. San José, C.A.: San José State University, 2011.


Cortez, C., Gardini, A. “The Realities of Adjuncting Today,” Contingent Talk Podcast for CAA Conversations, March 2019.


"The Girl Who Goes to College: Gender and Education in the Ladies’ Home Journal.” Tenth International Conference on The Image, Manchester School of Art and Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK, September 2019.

“The American Girl in Love: Sexual Hegemony and Harmony in the Ladies’ Home Journal.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, Washington D.C., March 2013.

“The Ladies’ American Girl.” Women in Magazines: Research, Representation, Production and Consumption, Kingston University, Great Britain, June 2012.

“Flappers & Feminism: Re-examining the Liberated Woman.” Social Context: A Gaze into Art History, Annual Art History Association Symposium, San José State University, April 2011.       

“Getting the Most Out of College.” Advancing Latinx Achievement & Success conference, San José State University, April 2012, April 2010.


Textbook Reviewer for a forthcoming modern art textbook form Oxford University Press, 2020

Instructor for Test Class of Art Matters: A Contemporary Approach to Art Appreciation by Pamela Gordon. Oxford University Press. ART 1: Introduction to Art, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, Fall 2019.

Content creator, Art History and Art Appreciation Course Objective Hierarchies. Cengage Learning, 2019

Contentcreator, Dona Schlesier and Margaret Lazzari’s Exploring Art: A Global, Thematic Approach,Enhanced 5thedition MindTap: Image Quizzes. Cengage Learning, 2018

Content creator, Art Image Categorization. Cengage Learning, 2019

Gallery Guard, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San José, 2013 - 2014

Visual Resource Library Curatorial Assistant, San José State University, San José, CA, 2010 – 2013

Art History & Visual Culture Graduate Assistant, San José State University, CA, 2010 –2013

Volunteer of Records, Foothill Community College, Los Altos Hills, CA, 2011

Office Manager, Communication Academy, Cupertino, CA, 2008 – 2010

Assistant to Registrar, San José Museum of Art, San José, CA, 2008

Administrative Assistant to Chief Curator, San José Museum of Art, San José, CA, 2007 – 2008