I am a specialist in Islamic visual culture with a focus on medieval Iberia and the age of the great caliphs (roughly 650-1250 CE), and am Senior Lecturer in Islamic Art at the University of Edinburgh. Before arriving in Edinburgh in 2018 I was Associate Professor of Art History with tenure at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where I taught from 2006 to 2018.
My research has focused on the early Islamic West, gender and patronage, global connections between Islamic and non-Islamic societies, and digital tools for Islamic art history. My first book explored the suburban villas of Córdoba during the reign of the Umayyad dynasty (756-1031 CE). My second monograph, A Caliphal Daedalus, considers science and visual culture through the career of the ninth-century Cordoban polymath ‘Abbas Ibn Firnas, best known today for an experiment in early human flight.
Current interests include diversifying gaming and digital cultural heritage, and Mixed Reality technologies to create immersive experiences of spaces and objects for teaching and entertainment.
I’m from the Philippines and have a longstanding interest in the Archipelago’s Islamic visual culture and its pre-colonial contacts with Islamic lands. I have lived in Italy, Spain, the United States, and now in beautiful Scotland, experiences that have shaped my interest in medieval global encounters and exchanges.
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