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 research focuses on medieval Córdoba, in present-day Spain, and the early Islamic West, and on global connections between Islamic and non-Islamic societies. I’m currently finishing a second monograph, A Caliphal Daedalus, which explores medieval Islamic science and visual culture through the career of the ninth-century Cordoban polymath ‘Abbas Ibn Firnas, who is famous for an experiment in early human flight.
Besides these core areas of focus, I’m interested in digital art history and heritage, especially the potential of 3D/VR/AR to create immersive experiences of spaces, objects, and landscapes. 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.
Besides the Philippines, 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. You can find out more about my work at: