Alison Dean is a lecturer in English Literature and Histories of Photography. Alison has a PhD in English and is an alumna of the Cornell University School for Criticism & Theory and the Whitney Museum of Modern Art Independent Study Program. Her academic research focuses on the politics of portraiture and the portrait’s opposite—images of atrocity and torture. Alison currently trains and competes in kickboxing and boxing. She has a bad habit of dropping her left hand and her best punch is a straight right.