Professor Carso teaches courses in American art and architecture, with a special emphasis on the Hudson Valley region.
Her research focuses on interconnections between the arts and literature in nineteenth-century America.
Professor Carso is currently researching nineteenth-century garden and park architecture in the United States. Her research has been supported by fellowships and scholarships at the Huntington Library; the Attingham Summer School; the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library; the Library Company; the Historical Society of Pennsylvania; the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello; and the Grey Towers National Historic Site.
She is the author of American Gothic Art and Architecture in the Age of Romantic Literature (forthcoming in November 2014, University of Wales Press). She has published several articles on Gothic Revival architecture and Romantic painting in peer-reviewed journals including Mosaic, Winterthur Portfolio, Symbiosis, The Hudson River Valley Review and Gothic Studies. Her essay on architecture in Hudson River School paintings appeared in the exhibition catalogue for The Hudson River to Niagara Falls: Nineteenth-Century Landscape Paintings from the New-York Historical Society (2009) at the Dorsky Museum of Art on the SUNY New Paltz campus. Professor Carso also published an essay “Man and Nature in the Hudson Valley” in the exhibition catalogue Russel Wright: The Nature of Design (Dorsky, 2012).