M.A. University of Michigan (1981)
Ph.D. New York University Institute of Fine Arts, History of Islamic Art (1990)
Areas of Expertise
I am, by training, an historian of Islamic art. That means that I am a generalist in the classroom, teaching courses that range from painting to architecture and from Spain to India. More specifically, I am interested in the cracks between cultures and the genesis of new traditions. These two themes underlie seemingly diverse projects: a survey of tomb architecture in the Indus Valley, a consideration of portraiture and iconoclasm, and work on cross-cultural perception and representation. Recently, my work has taken the form of museum exhibitions: Noble Dreams, Wicked Pleasures: American Orientalism 1870-1930 (Princeton University Press, 2000) at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown; Through Afghan Eyes at the Asia Society in New York (co-curator)); Beautiful Suffering: Photography and the Traffic in Pain, co-curator, (University of Chicago Press, 2007) at the Williams College Museum of Art.