Joseph Manca received his Ph. D. from Columbia University in 1986, and since 1989 has taught at Rice University, where he is a Professor of Art History and the Nina J. Cullinan Professor of Art and Art History. His teaching and research focus on early American art and architecture and on European art from 1300 to 1850. His most recent book, George Washington's Eye: Landscape, Architecture, and Design at Mount Vernon (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012) was awarded the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize for 2014, which is given out by the Foundation for Landscape Studies, and that book was given an honorable mention by the Association of American Publishers in 2012 in the category of Architecture and Urban Planning. Manca's book Subject Matter in Italian Renaissance Art: A Study of Early Sources (Tempe, AZ: ACMRS [Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies]) is in press. Currently in progress is a book on Shaker material culture.