Danielle Shapiro is the author of the first biography of John Vassos, She has a Ph.D. from the Department of Art History and Communications Studies from McGill University during which time she was engaged as a research fellow on the international Culture of Cities project. Her awards for research on media and history include a teaching fellowship at Harvard University, a Fulbright Award, and research support and funding from the Archives of American Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Wolfsonian Museum, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She was a curatorial assistant at the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian National Museum of Design which sparked an interest in industrial design and public intellectual life. Dr. Shapiro has published in the MIT journal Design Issues, the Archives of American Art Journal, and written many biographical entries for the Encyclopedia of 20th Century Photography, (including Nan Goldin, Roy Stryker, Charles Delano), the Encyclopedia of Masculinity, and the Encyclopedia of Documentary Film. She grew up in Tuxedo Park, New York and lives with her family in Baltimore, Maryland.