Ross Barrett is an assistant professor of American art at Boston University. He is the author of Rendering Violence: Riots, Strikes, and Upheaval in Nineteenth-Century American Art (2014) and the co-editor, with Daniel Worden, of Oil Culture (2014). He is currently at work on a second monograph, Speculative Landscapes: American Art and Real Estate in the Long Nineteenth Century, that examines five American artists—Thomas Cole, John Quidor, Eastman Johnson, Martin Johnson Heade, and Winslow Homer—who painted and speculated on land in the years between 1820 and 1910.