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 EDUCATION

1994-2000
Doctor of Philosophy, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University. Doctoral Thesis: The Islamic Architecture of Western India (mid-12th-14th Centuries): Continuities and Interpretations.
Advisers: Professor Pramod Chandra, Professor Gulru Necipoglu, Professor David Mitten.
1989-1992
Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude, Mount Holyoke College. Double Major: Art History and Spanish Literature.
Senior Thesis:  Andalusian Women’s Poetry: a Thematic Analysis of Women’s Place in Society and Culture.
Languages: Gujarati (native tongue), Hindi/Urdu, Spanish (fluent), Arabic, Persian, French, German.

Employment History

2007-present
Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, University of California, Irvine.
   
2000-2003 Assistant Professor, Department of the History of Art, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
   
Spring, 2000 Visiting Assistant Professor, Wesleyan University.
   
Winter, 1999 Visiting Lecturer, Rhode Island School of Design.

Courses Taught

The Sultanates of South Asia. Undergraduate seminar focusing on the pre-Mughal period of Islam in South Asia (12th-16th centuries). The University of California, Irvine. Spring, 2008.

The Arts of South Asia, 8th-16th Centuries. Upper division lecture course encompassing the Gupta through Mughal periods of South Asia. The University of California, Irvine. Spring, 2008.

‘India’ and the Indian Ocean, 11th-15th Centuries. Undergraduate seminar examining the long-enduring patterns of cultural confluences in Asia prior to the rise of the European maritime powers at the end of the 15th century. The University of California, Irvine. Fall 2007.

The Arts of South Asia, 1st-18th Centuries. Survey of the ancient through the Mughal periods in South Asia. The University of California, Irvine. Fall, 2007.

The Making of ‘India’ during the 5th-15th Centuries. Undergraduate seminar in conjunction with conference on India and the Indian Ocean. The University of Michigan. Fall, 2002.

A Millennium of Islamic Architecture: Continuity and Innovation. Undergraduate seminar examining Islamic architecture from Spain to India. The University of Michigan. Spring, 2001.

Reuse from Antiquity through the Medieval Period. Undergraduate seminar examining on the historiographical treatment of architectural and sculptural reuse, with examples from western Antiquity through medieval South Asia. The University of Michigan. Spring, 2001.

South Asian Religions and Nationalisms.  Upper Division lecture course on 1st-18th century South Asian architecture, examining its religious and nationalist identifications in the service of constantly shifting definitions of Hindu, Buddhist, Jaina, and Muslim. The University of Michigan. Fall, 2000.

South Asian Architecture through the Ages: Religion, Nationalism, and Identity.  Undergraduate seminar on South Asian architecture spanning the 1st-17th centuries CE. Wesleyan University. Spring, 2000.

The Arts of India, 1st-18th Centuries. Survey of the ancient through the Mughal periods in South Asia. Rhode Island School of Design. Fall, 1999.