Ph.D., Art History, July 2002, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Dissertation title: From Picturesque Ruin to World Heritage Site: A Spatial History of Fatehpur Sikri
Committee Members: Chair, Robert L. Brown, Irene Bierman, Swati Chattopadhyay, and Donald Preziosi
Major Area: Indian Art. Minor Areas: Islamic Art, Critical Theory.
MA, Art History, 1996, UCLA
Master’s Thesis: Mediating the Cosmos: The Significance of Hindu Women’s Domestic Ritual Drawings
Major Area: Indian Art. Minor Areas: Islamic Art, Critical Theory. BA, Art History (Honors) and Political Science, 1991
Rutgers University (Rutgers College), New Jersey
French (reading, conversational), Persian (reading)
Associate Professor, Department of Art, San Francisco State University, 2010 to present
Assistant Professor, Department of Art, San Francisco State University, 2003- 2010
Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2002-2003
From Romantic Ruin to World Heritage Site: India’s Historical Monuments and the Making of a Modern Nation
UCLA, Department of Art History, Spring 2002
The Masterpiece in Islamic Art
University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Art History, Spring 2000
‘Colors in Motion: The New York Paintings of Natvar Bhavsar,” ThridText, (in review).
“The Parallax View: Photography and Video from the South Asian Diaspora,”
Marg: A Magazine of the Arts, (Accepted).
“The Wisdom to Wonder: Aja’ib and the Pillars of Islamic India,” International Journal of Islamic Architecture, In the special issue “Imagining Localities of Antiquity in Islamicate Societies.” 2017-2018.
“The Art of Hydrarchy: Asian American Art as Maritime Critique and Utopian Gesture”, Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas 3 (2017) 241-251.
“Dismembering and Remembering Islamic Architecture of the Moral City in 19th century British India,” The Companion to the History of Architecture, ed. Harry Mallgrave, Wiley-Blackwell, 2017.
Picturing Parallax: Photography and Video from the South Asian Diaspora, catalog essay, 2011.
Monumental Matters: The Powers, Subjectivity and Space of India’s Mughal Architecture, Duke University Press, May, 2011.
“Islamic Architecture.” Martin, Richard, ed. Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2004.
“Ritual Domestic Threshold Drawings of South India: A Visual Trope of the Socialized Hindu Feminine.”
Iconomania: Studies in Visual Culture 1: 1998. http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/humnet/arthist/icono/kavuri/kolam.htm
“Akbar’s Fatehpur Sikri: Persianate Philosophy Writ in Red Sandstone,” Society of Architectural Historians, Annual Conference, Chicago, April 17, 2015
“The Mughal Monument and the Future of India’s Past,” Center for South Asia, Stanford University, January 30, 2012.
“A Tale of Two Mughal Monuments: A Discussion of the Spatial Production of the Taj Mahal and Delhi’s Fatehpuri Mosque,” Islam Past and Present Workshop Series, Stanford University. April 30, 2010. Invitation.
“Unhomely Taj: A Waqf Case and Space for Indian-Muslims,” Annual Conference for South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison. October 13, 2007.
“Producing the Taj Mahal: The Dialectics of Tourism, Heritage and Waqf,” The Harpur College Dean’s Workshop in Visual Culture, SUNY, Binghamton, October 10, 2007. Invitation.
NEH Summer Workshop, Re-envisioning Asian American Art History, 2012.
UCLA/Getty Summer Institute in Istanbul: Constructing the Past in the Middle East. July 3-July 30, 2004
Honors / Awards
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Grant Award, 2009- 2010
Presidential Award for Professional Development, San Francisco State University Postdoctoral Fellow, J. Paul Getty Foundation, 2005-2006
College Arts Association
American Council for Southern Asian Art Society for Art and Cultural Heritage of India