• B.A. Seattle University
  • M.A. New York University
  • Ph.D. Northwestern University
Areas of Interest

Cultural production, politics of representation, material culture, citizenship and national identity, migration and circulation, Middle East, Arabian Peninsula, gender

Courses Taught

Introduction to Museum Studies
Peoples & Cultures: Middle East North Africa
Museums and Political Conflict
Migration, Globalization & Transnationalism

  • 2020 “Challenging terms: contemporary art and the disciplining of novelty in the UAE.” Museum Anthropology 43 (2).
  • 2017    “Authenticating an Emirati Art World: Claims of Tabula Rasa and Cultural Appropriation in the UAE.” Journal of Arabian Studies 7(1)12-27.
  • 2016    “Critique as Infrastructure: Organic Growth and the Rise of Visual Arts Organizations in the UAE.”  Future Imperfect: Contemporary Art Practices and Cultural Institutions in the Middle East, edited by Anthony Downey, 309-320. Berlin: Sternberg Press.
Professional Affiliations
  • American Anthropological Association
  • Council for Museum Anthropology
  • Middle East Studies Association
  • Association for Modern & Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran & Turkey (AMCA)
  • Fulbright IIE Fellowship
  • Honorable Mention: Association for Gulf & Arabian Peninsula Studies Dissertation Award
  • Honorable Mention: Student Paper Award, Middle East Section – AAA