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Carol McCusker, Ph.D.,
is Curator of Photography at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) in San Diego. She received a B.F.A. in studio art and art history at the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. She is also an adjunct professor at the
University of San Diego, where she teaches photographic history.

Since 2001 Dr. McCusker has overseen or curated over forty exhibitions, including: American Noir: The Photographs of James Fee (2003), The Discerning Eye: Southern California Collects (2003), Paris: A Century in the City of Light (2004), Andrea Modica: Treadwell/Fountain (2005), The Roads Most Traveled: Migration Photographs by Don Bartletti (2006), Rebels & Revelers: Experimental Decades 1970s-1980s and Public Privacy: Wendy Richmond's Surreptitious Cellphone (both 2007). With founding MoPA director, Arthur Ollman and Michael Gray, director of Lacock Abbey (estate of the British inventor of photography, William Henry Fox Talbot), she created the catalog/exhibition, First Photographs: William Henry Fox Talbot and The Birth of Photography (2003).

A 2006 exhibition with catalog, Breaking the Frame: Pioneering Women in Photojournalism (2006), explored women working in the mass media before and during WWII, and was bracketed by three exhibitions that enhanced its thesis, Shooting in 35: The First 35mm Photographs, Animating the World: The First Newsreels, and Today's Pioneers: Two Women Photojournalists in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dr. McCusker worked with Manfred Heiting on Paul Outerbridge (Taschen 1999) and contributed essays to: Terry Falke: Observations in an Occupied Wilderness (Chronicle, 2006), Phil Stern: A Life's Work (powerHouse, 2002), James Fee: Peleliu Project (Seraphin, 2002), and Three Visions of Peru (Throckmorton, 2002), and
Shooting Stars: War Photographers in Hollywood (2007).