I am Senior Lecturer in Islamic Art at the University of Edinburgh, specializing in the age of the caliphs (roughly 650-1250 CE). Before arriving in Edinburgh in 2018 I was Associate Professor of Islamic Art History with tenure at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where I spent twelve years researching, teaching, and enjoying life in the Research Triangle.
My work focuses on the early Islamic West, mainly the architecture and luxury arts of the Umayyad court at Córdoba, and Islamic Iberia’s connections to other societies, Islamic and non-Islamic, near and far. Women (concubines and queens) and court eunuchs as patrons and ‘makers’ of art and architecture in Córdoba have been the focus of much of my work in recent years. My second monograph explores early Islamic science and visual culture through the lens of the ninth-century Cordoban court polymath Ibn Firnas and his celebrated experiment in human flight.
Besides these core areas of focus, my current research explores digital Islamic art history and heritage, especially 3D visualizations for immersive experiences and heritage imaging for object analysis; and the Islamic visual culture of the Philippines and its pre-colonial contacts with Islamic lands.
I’m from the Philippines and have lived in Europe, the United States, and now in beautiful Scotland – experiences that have shaped my interest in medieval global encounters and exchanges. You can find out more about my work at: