• 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
Anthropology of Globalization

  • 2022: “Exhibiting Tolerance: Citizenship, Contingency, and Contemporary Art in the UAE Pavilion, 2009-2017,” in Migration in the Making of the Gulf Space: Social, Political & Cultural Dimensions, eds Casini & Bouzas. New York: Berghahn Books, 21-42.
  • 2021: “Engendering change: Charting the art scene in the UAE.” Hawwa: Journal of Women of the Middle East & Islamic World 19(1): 1-23.
  • 2020: “Challenging terms: contemporary art and the disciplining of novelty in the UAE.” Museum Anthropology 43 (2).
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