Associate Professor Emerita of American Art, Dr. Ater taught in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland from September 2000 to her retirement in July 2017. She holds a B.A. in art history from Oberlin College (1987); a M.A. in art history from the University of Maryland (1993); and Ph.D. in art history from the University of Maryland (2000). Her research and writing have largely focused on the intersection of race, monument building, and national identity. Currently she is a Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, working on her digital project: Contemporary Monuments to the Slave Past: Race, Memorialization, Public Space, and Civic Engagement.