College of Arts and Science
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Modern Architecture, Asian Art, Film Studies
I am an architectural historian specializing in modern French architecture at the 1925 Exposition of Modern Decorative Arts, Paris. In my dissertation, "Visions of Modernity: The Architectural Landscape of the 1925 Exposition of Decorative Arts, Paris," I examined the discourse of modern architecture as it governed the reception of various architectural styles and schools that all claimed to be "modern." In my research I continue to explore the relationship among avant-garde, Art Deco, and regionalist architecture at the exposition, and the impact of the architectural landscape on the historiography of modernism. I am also concerned with the relationship between architectural discourse and print media. I have developed and taught a number of Film Studies courses, including Architecture on Film, Artists' Lives on Film, Classical Hollywood Cinema, and Indian Cinema. I am currently working on a book manuscript entitled The Lives of the Artists on Film. I also teach a course entitled "The Harlem Renaissance in Art, Literature and Film," which is an interdisciplinary course with an emphasis on African-American visual culture in the interwar period. I am also interested in South Asian and Asian art, architecture, religion and film.