Wood is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of the History of Art at the University of Michigan and a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Michigan Society of Fellows. In 2016 Wood received her PhD from the University of Chicago and she is currently preparing a book manuscript based on her dissertation, The Art of Play: Games in Early Modern Italy. Wood’s research has generously been supported by several fellowships and institutions, including as a Fulbright Fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut and as a Samuel H. Kress Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. In addition to her work on early modern art, her interests include game studies and its history in visual and material culture, including video games.
During her time as an Eadington Resident Fellow, Wood’s research will utilize primary printed sources from the sixteenth century and secondary sources relating to the historiography of playing cards as material objects. This work will found the basis for her talk, “A History of Play in Print: Paper Games from Cards to Candyland,” a transhistorical look at the evolution from Renaissance cards to modern board games and what they tell us about how we play with storytelling, imagination, and chance.
Wood's colloquium talk, “A History of Play in Print: Paper Games from Cards to Candyland” is scheduled for August 4, 2017, 2pm, Goldfield Room, UNLV campus.