Dr. Charuhas received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley and Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in American Art History from Columbia University. Her research interests include the study of race and gender in the British Atlantic and intersections between art and the history of science.
Dr. Charuhas teaches AP Art History and art classes for 5th through 8th grades. “My favorite part of teaching is introducing students to the power of visual imagery and the multiple ways in which images create meaning. These skills are especially important in today’s increasingly visual world and I value BASIS Independent’s strong emphasis on an arts education," she says.
Dr. Charuhas' goal as a teacher is to introduce students to new ways of viewing the world around them. Whether students find themselves in an art museum or on a city street, she encourages them to identify the cultural influences present in a given environment and appreciate how these influences create meaning. Says Dr. Charuhas, "I believe that these skills help foster cross-cultural awareness and help students appreciate art’s role in shaping local identities."
In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, cooking vegetarian food, and playing with her beloved cats, Mickey and Marigold. "My partner Jeremy and I are also avid sports fans and love cheering for our favorite teams, including the California Golden Bears, Chicago Bulls, and San Jose Sharks!" says Dr. Charuhas.