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 many wonderful years teaching and researching and enjoying life in the  Research Triangle.

My research and teaching focus on the Islamic West, mainly  Córdoba between the ninth and eleventh centuries, which I try to think about in the context of its connections to other societies near and far. I’m intrigued by medieval Islamic buildings and cities, and by the people who made the incredible works of Islamic art and architecture that fascinate us today. 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 spent key years in Italy and America’s deep south, and have an enduring interest in architecture, landscape, global encounters and exchanges, and science and technology.

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