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 Umayyad court at Córdoba, and its connections to other societies, Islamic and non-Islamic, near and far. I’m intrigued by medieval objects, buildings, cities, and landscapes and by the people who designed, made, used, and viewed them. Women (concubines and queens), court eunuchs, and intellectuals are some of the medieval people I’ve thought about in recent years.
I was born in 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. I also have enduring interests in music and in science and technology. You can find out more about my work at: