I’m an expert in medieval Islamic art and architecture, a field that grew out of and was/is an active agent in colonial systems, with all the difficult and problematic issues that entails. My work, and my commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion, is profoundly shaped by my perspectives as a cis-female-mother-mixed-POC/BAME-immigrant from a working-class family. I’m from the Philippines and grew up partly in Italy and mainly in the US. My background and experiences have contributed to my interests in global encounters and exchanges. Besides research, I most enjoy collaborating with creative people, especially by making music, and traveling the globe with my family in pursuit of great sounds, sights, and cities. 

If you’d like to know more about me as a whole person (and not just as an academic), you can read more in my first blog post, in which I tried to explain to students who I am, what I do, and why. I hope it makes the values that inform my work clear, especially around equity, diversity, and inclusion.You can find the full post, “On diversifying art history. Perspectives from a mixed BAME academic (14 July, 2020),” here.

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