• 2014–       Associate Professor, History of Art ~ Johns Hopkins University
  • 2012–14   Teaching Professor, History of Art ~ Johns Hopkins University
  • 2008–12   Visiting Associate Professor, History of Art & Political Science ~ JHU
  • 2006–08    Lecturer in Politics & International Relations ~ Swansea University
  • 2004–06    Research Associate ~ Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
  • 2004–05    Visiting Scholar, History ~ Pennsylvania State University
  • 2003–04    Assistant Professor, Art History ~ University of Redlands
  • 1998–03    Assistant Professor, Art History ~ St. Mary’s College of Maryland


  • 1999   University of Minnesota ~ Ph.D. in South Asian & Islamic Art History
    • Mellon Fellow in Humanistic Studies, CAORC Research Fellow
  • 1995   University of Minnesota ~ M.A. in South Asian & Islamic Art History
  • 1993   Pomona College ~ B.A. in Art History


  • 2017   Displaying Time: The Many Temporalities of the Festival of India. Seattle: University of Washington Press. 9780295741987 (Meiss Publication Grant, CAA)
  • 2016   Rethinking Place in South Asian and Islamic Art, 1500–present. Co-edited with Deborah Hutton. New York: Routledge Publications. 9781472466341 | intro
  • 2011   A Companion to Asian Art and Architecture. Co-edited with Deborah Hutton. London & New York: Wiley-Blackwell Publications. 9781405185370 Paperback edition, 2015, 9781119019534 | pdfs: tocintro
  • 2011   Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest: Modern and Contemporary Indian Art from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Collection. Exhibition catalog. | essay
  • 2010   Gandhi’s Spinning Wheel and the Making of India. London: Routledge. 9780415494311 | intro
  • 2009   Art for a Modern India, 1947–1980. Durham: Duke University Press. 9780822343752 (Reviewed in LeonardoArt History, and | intro
  • 2006   Asian Art: An Anthology. Co-edited with Deborah Hutton. London & New York: Blackwell Publications. 9781405122412 | intro


  • forthcoming   “The Group 1890” and “Subtle Transformations: Art and Politics in the 1990s” in Partha Mitter and Parul Dave Mukherji, eds., Twentieth Century Indian Art, New Delhi: Arts Alive Gallery.
  • 2017   “To Pick up a Brush: A Double-Take, Gieve Patel, and Indian Art of the 1980s.” Third Text 31.2: [Published alongside the re-publication of Gieve Patel’s 1985 essay, “To Pick up a Brush.”]
  • 2016   “Painting Colonial and Modern at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.” Catalog essay (6000 words) and 47 catalog entries (16000 words). In Partha Mitter and Naman Ahuja, eds. The Arts and Interiors of Rashtrapati Bhavan: Lutyens and Beyond. New Delhi: Government Publications Division, 160–235.

  • 2015   “Perfecting Political Performance: Spinning, Gandhi and Virtuosity,” in Arundhati Virmani, ed. Political Aesthetics: Culture, Critique, and the Everyday, London: Routledge, pp. 140–58.
  • 2014  “A Distant Contemporary: Indian Twentieth-Century Art in the Festival of India.” Art Bulletin 96:3 (September 2014): 338–56.
  • 2013  “Colonial Polyrhythm: Imaging Action in the Early Nineteenth Century.” Visual Anthropology 26.4: 269–97. pdf
  • 2013  “Path Breakers,” and five extended artist entries in Susan S. Bean, ed., Midnight to the Boom: Painting in India after Independence. New York: Thames & Hudson and the Peabody Essex Museum, 77–81; 82–85; 92–95; 110–13; 160–65; 170–75. pdf
  • 2011  “Moments of Resistance: Small Interventions and the Festival of India,” in Kim Youngna, ed., Exhibiting Asian Art: Issues and Perspectives, Seoul: National Museum of Korea, 193–226. Translated into Korean by Heeryoon Shin. Expanded version in Misuljaryo 82 (2012): 14–44. pdf
  • 2011 “Seeking Oneness: G.R. Santosh’s Political, Historical and Philosophical Syncretism.” Awakening: A Retrospective of G.R. Santosh, exhib. cat., New Delhi: Delhi Art Gallery, 26–35.
  • 2010   “Revivalism, Modernism, and Internationalism: Finding the Old in the New India” in Anthony D’Costa, ed. A New IndiaLondon: Anthem Press, 151–78. pdf
  • 2009   “Reviving the Past: Post-Independence Architecture and Politics in India’s Long 1950s.” Interventions 11.3 (November): 293–315. pdf
  • 2009   “Spinning without Touching the Wheel: Anti-Colonialism, Indian Nationalism and the Deployment of Symbol.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 29.2: 230–245. pdf
  • 2008   “Provincializing Modernity: From Derivative to Traditional.” Response to Partha Mitter. Art Bulletin 90.4 (December): 555–557. pdf
  • 2008   “Orientalism in Firefly and Serenity.” Slayage 7.1 (Winter) online, 16 pages.
  • 2007   “Partition and the Uses of History in Waqt/Time (1965).” Screen 48.2 (Summer): 161–178. pdf
  • 2006   “The Modern and the Ancient: 20th Century Re-readings of Indian History.” South Asian Studies 22: 103–114. pdf
  • 2006   “Inscribing Colonial Monumentality: A Case Study of the 1763 Patna Massacre Memorial.” The Journal of Asian Studies 65.1 (February): 91–114. pdf
  • 2005   “P.T. Reddy, Neo-Tantrism, and Modern Indian Art.” Art Journal 64.4 (Winter): 26–49pdf
  • 2005   “Patna’s Golghar and the Transformation of Colonial Discourse.” Archives of Asian Art 55: 53–63. pdf
  • 2003   “Abject to Object: Colonialism Preserved through the Imagery of Muharram.” Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics 43 (Spring): 203–217. pdf
  • 2003   “The Cemeteries and the Suburbs: Patna’s Challenges to the Colonial City in South Asia.” The Journal of Urban History 29.2 (January): 151–173pdf
  • 1997   “Sir Charles D’Oyly in Dhaka:  The Colonial Picturesque.” The Journal of Bengal Art 2: 265–282. pdf


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