Chair and Associate Professor of Art History and Museum Studies in the Department of Visual Arts
Research focus is public visual culture in South Asia. Teaches courses on modern and contemporary art, history of the art museum and public art and urbanism. Recently published the book chapter, “An Experiment in Publicity. The Poster Design Sequence for Subramaniapuram,” in Subramaniapuram: The Film, Edited by Anand Pandian. Chennai: Blaft Publications (2013) and the book “Celluloid Deities: The Visual Culture of Cinema and Politics in South India” (2011). Recent presentations include,“Cine-Signs: The Evolving Art of Film Advertisements in Tamil Nadu” at the 2013 symposium in conjunction with the exhibition Bollywood 101: The Visual Culture of Popular Indian Cinema at the University of California, Santa Barbara and “The Semiotics of Street Murals in Chennai” at the 42nd. Annual Conference on South Asia, Center for South Asia at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2013. Recipient of a 2011 Dresher Center for the Humanities Summer Research Fellowship to research street murals in in the city of Chennai in South India.