I am an independent art history scholar. After graduating from CU (my thesis was called The Spectrum of Response: Postdemocratic Literacy at Thomas Hirschhorn's 'Gramsci Monument') I took philosophy and theory classes from GCAS for awhile. I later turned to a more direct engagement with contemporary art and with art history, with of course some theoretical influences. I'm convinced that the GCAS approach of developing a personally idiosyncratic style is what makes sense today, so it is really about being true to yourself, in the face of other pressures. I would list as theoretical influences Deleuze, Badiou, Zizek, Critchley, Hirschhorn, Gerz, Foucault, and Said, and Spivak.