BA, Art History, Swarthmore College, May, 1979
MA, Indian Art, University of California Berkeley, June, 1982
PhD, Indian Art, University of California, Berkeley, May, 1988
“Stone Portrait Sculpture at Pallava and Early Cola Temples: Kings, Patrons and Individual Identity,” with honors, University of California, Berkeley, 1988.
- Tenured Professor (7/2012-present); Tenured Associate Professor (7/2004-7/2012); Associate Professor (7/2001- 2012); Assistant Professor (7/1988-6/2001); Lecturer (2/87-5/87), Dept. of Art & Art History, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York.
- Director, Asian Studies (Fall, 2006; Fall, 2007-Spring 2010), Colgate University, Hamilton, New York.
- Robert H. Ho Associate Professor of Asian Studies (2006-2009), Colgate University, Hamilton, New York.
- Visiting Lecturer, Dept. of Fine Arts, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1/88-4/88 (Art of India).
- Teaching Assistant, Dept. of History of Art, University of California, Berkeley, California, 9/83-12/83 (Survey of Asian Art), 9/82-12/82 (Survey of Classical Art).
The Kailasanatha temple complex in Kanchipuram, Tamilnadu, India; The history and ideologies of museums and collecting; the history of goddess worship in India; architecture and sculpture of the Pallava and Chola periods in India; history of the art of Asia; India (post-colonial studies, general education); art theory; cultural studies.
Sculpture and architecture of early India, portraiture, the impact of patronage upon style, semiotics and critical theory, the iconography of Shiva's dance, gender
In the winter of 2012 I helped lead a trip for 27 faculty members to India. The goal was to confront questions of identity, culture, and knowledge across intellectual boundaries, and to challenge all of us who teach in the Core to stretch beyond our academic specialties. Read more about our experiences on the blog we kept, Reflections from India.
- Tamil (3 years)
- Sanskrit (2 years)
- Hindi (1 year)
- Italian (2 years)
- French (2 years)
- Latin (7 years)
- Classical Greek (2 years)
- Russian (1 year)
- Louise and John Steffens Founders’ Circle Member and The Starr Foundation East Asian Studies Endowment Fund Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, “Gender and Other Metaphors at the Kailasanatha Temple in Kanchi,” in residence 2010-2011.
- Summer Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, “Collecting and Scattering,” 2007.
- American Fellowship, American Association of University Women, “Learning to see the Goddess,” 2001-2002.
- Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, “Learning to see the Goddess,” 2001 (January – December).
- J. Paul Getty Post- Doctoral Fellowship in the History of Art, “Patronage & Style in Early Cola temples,” 1990-91.
- Fellow, “Patronage & Style in Early Cola Temples,” Center for South Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, spring,1991.
- American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Fellowship, “Patronage & Style in Early Cola temple,” summer, 1990.
- American Institute of Indian Studies, Junior Fellowship, Dissertation research in India, 1984-85.
- Major Grant, Colgate University Research Council, “Gender and Other Metaphors at the Kailasanatha Temple in Kanchi,” 2010-2011.
- Major Grant, Colgate University Research Council, “Goddesses in their homes,” fieldwork in India, 2006.
- Picker Fellowship, Fieldwork on medieval south Indian temple patronage, 1999-2000.
Jump to: Book | Monograph | Articles | Reviews | Accepted for Publication | Scholarly Work in Progress | Papers, Presentations, Colloquia
- Themes, History and Interpretations: Indian Painting: Essays in Honour of B. N. Goswamy. Co-edited with Mahesh Sharma. Ahmedabad: Mapin Publishing, 2013.
- Ruins: Fabricating Histories of Time. Third Text (Special Issue) 112 (September, 2011). Volume co-edited and introduction co-authored with Janice Leoshko.
- “’To my mind’: Essays for Joanna Gottfried Williams,” Artibus Asiae 69.2 (2009) and 70.1 (2010).
- “Lakṣmī and the Tigers: A Goddess in the Shadows,” in The Archaeology of Bhakti. Edited
by Charlotte Schmid and Emmanuel Francis, 142-176. Pondichéry: Ecole
française d'Extrême-Orient/Institut français de Pondichéry, 2014.
- “The Inverted Gaze,” in Themes, History and Interpretations: Indian Painting: Essays in Honour of B. N. Goswamy. Edited by Mahesh Sharma and Padma Kaimal, 12-16. Ahmedabad: Mapin Publishing, 2013.
- “Interpreting Sculpture from the Tamil Region,” in Interpretation and Reflection: South Asian Art Historians Engage Vidya Dehejia. Edited by Annapurna Garimella with Molly Aitken, Debra Diamond and Dipti Khera. Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution, 2013.
- “Yoginis in Stone: Auspicious and Inauspicious Power,” in Yoginī – History, Polysemy, Ritual. Edited by István Keul. Trondheim, Norway: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 2012.
- “About Ruins,” with Janice Leoshko as an introduction to Third Text (Special Issue), Ruins: Fabricating Histories of Time 112 (September, 2011).
- “Shiva Nataraja: Multiple Meanings of an Icon,” in A Companion to Asian Art and Architecture. Edited by Rebecca Brown and Debra Hutton, pp. 471-485. Blackwell Companions to Art History, series editor Dana Arnold. London: Blackwell, 2011.
- “Color and Sculpture in South Asia,” Source: Notes in the History of Art 30.3 (Spring, 2011): 33-39.
- “’To my mind’: Essays for Joanna Gottfried Williams,” introduction to a 12-essay Festschrift, Artibus Asiae 69.2 (2009): 7-11.
- “South Indian Sculpture in the Ackland Art Museum,” in Fashioning the Divine: South Asian sculpture at the Ackland Art Museum, ed. Pika Ghosh, pp. 139-148. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: Ackland Art Museum, 2006.
- “Learning to see the Goddess,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 73.1 (2005): 45-87.
- “Seductive and Repulsive: The deceptive contrasts of a South Indian goddess,” Rotunda 36.1 (2003): 28-35.
- “A Man’s World? Gender, family and architectural patronage in medieval India,” Archives of Asian Art LIII (2002-2003): 26-53.
- “The Problem of Portraiture in South India, 970-1000 CE,” Artibus Asiae 59, 3/4 (2000): 139-179.
- “The Problem of Portraiture in South India, 870-970 CE,” Artibus Asiae 59, 1/2 (1999): 59-133.
- “Shiva Nataraja: Shifting Meanings of an Icon,” Art Bulletin 81.3 (1999): 390-419.
- “Early Cola Kings and ‘Early Cola Temples:’ Art and the Evolution of Kingship,” Artibus Asiae 56, 1/2 (1996): 33-66.
- “Passionate Bodies: Constructions of the Self in South Indian Portraits,” Archives of Asian Art 48 (1995): 6-16.
- “Playful Ambiguity and Political Authority in the Large Relief at Mamallapuram,” Ars Orientalis 24 (1994): 1-27; reprinted in Asian Art: An Anthology, Rebecca M. Brown and Deborah S. Hutton, eds., London: Blackwell, 2006, pp. 43-56.
Accepted for Publication
- Review of La création d'une iconographie śivaïte narrative: Incarnations du dieu dans les temples pallava construits by Valérie Gillet, Journal of the American Oriental Society 131: 3 (July-September 2011).
- Review of The Great Penance at Mamallapuram: Deciphering a Visual Text, by Michael Rabe, CAAReviews (2003) (http://www.caareviews.org/).
- Review of Temple Architecture and Sculpture of the Nolambas, by Andrew Cohen, Journal of Asian Studies 59.3 (2000): 76-77.
- Review of Lives of Indian Images, by Richard Davis, Journal of Ritual Studies (1997).
- Review of Art of the Imperial Cholas by Vidya Dehejia and Rajarajesvaram: The Pinnacle of Chola Art by B. Venkataraman, Journal of Asian Studies 51.2 (1992): 414-416.
Scholarly Work in Progress
- “Muttaraiyar, Irukkuvel, Paluvettaraiyar and the Colas of Tanjavur,” in Art and Architecture in India, ed. M. A. Dhaky, in History of Indian Science, Philosophy, and Culture. New Delhi: Indian Council of Philosophical Research, 2010.
- Many Paths to the Divine: Rereading the Kailasanath Temple in Kanchipuram (book ms. in progress)
- “Mapping Artistic Space: The Kaveri Style” (essay)
- “The infamous ‘Head Sacrifice to Durga’” (essay)
- “The Sculptural Program of the Triple Temple in Kodumbalur: Two Missing Sculptures Rediscovered” (essay)
Jump to: Panels at National and International Conferences
| Invited Lectures
| Conference Sessions Chaired Panels at National and International Conferences
- “Circumambulation and its Opposite: Visual and verbal cues to movement at the Kailasanatha temple complex in Kanchipuram,” Archaeology of Bhakti 2: Royal Bhakti, Local Bhakti, Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient/Institut français de Pondichéry (India), August 12-13, 2013.
- “Word-Image Tango: Visual and Verbal interactions at the Kailasanatha temple complex in Kanchipuram,” paper delivered on site as part of the workshop Archaeology of Bhakti 2: Royal Bhakti, Local Bhakti, based at the Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient/Institut français de Pondichéry (India), July 31-August 9, 2013.
- “Mapping Artistic Space: A Kaveri Style,” in “Thinking Beyond Royalty: Reassessing Temple Patronage in Premodern South Asia,” 101st Annual conference of the College Art Association, New York, NY, February 13, 2013.
- “Scattered Goddesses: How They Live,” Keynote address for the conference “The Temple and the Museum: Shifting Contexts for Art in the Tamil country,” Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India, December 17, 2011.
- “Yoginis of Kāñcīpuram” and “From the Pallavas to the Yoginis of Kāñcīpuram: Visualising Auspiciousness in Goddess Figures,” Papers offered as the Guest of Honor, "The Archaeology of Bhakti" workshop and conference, École française d'Extrême-Orient, Pondicherry, India, August 1-14, 2011.
- “Eros, Chaos, Kings and Women,” 7th Tamil Chair Conference, University of California, Berkeley, April 30, 2011.
- “Leaving Kanchipuram: The Yoginis hit the Road”, in “Taxonomic Shifts and Indian Religious Art”, 99th Annual conference of the College Art Association, February 12, 2011.
- “The Kanchipuram Yoginis: their meaning and their home,” in “Yogini – History, Polysemy, Ritual,” International Conference sponsored by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, October 2, 2010.
- “Time and Triumph: Durga the Demon-Killer at the Kailasanatha Temple in Kanchipuram,” 6th Tamil Chair Conference, University of California, Berkeley, April 24, 2010.
- “What did medieval Kanchipuram look like?” Annual South Asia Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison, October 23, 2009.
- “Mahisha’s Horns,” Fourth Annual Tamil Studies Conference: “Home, Space and the Other,” University of Toronto, May 22, 2009.
- “Loose Canons in the South,” in a Roundtable titled “Loose Canons [sic] in South Asian Art: A Mixed Blessing?” 97th Annual conference of the College Art Association, Los Angeles, February 27, 2009. Text published in the ACSAA Bulletin 2009.
- “Sculpture, Paint, and Ruins,” ACSAA Roundtable: Ruins and Museums, 96th Annual conference of the College Art Association, Dallas, February 22, 2008.
- “Women Patrons of Early Chola-period Temples,” Patronage and Power: Women Movers and Shakers in the Indian subcontinent, Symposium at the Library of Congress, April 20, 2007.
- “Reimagining The Lost Yogini Temple In Kanchipuram,” Symposium XII of the American Council for Southern Asian Art, San Diego, October 2005.
- “Dispersing the Kanchi Goddesses: Ideologies of Transnational Collecting and Scattering,” College Art Association, Atlanta, February 2005.
- “Hidden Tantric Lessons in an 8th-century Temple,” Annual conference, Association of Asian Studies, New York, New York, March 27, 2003; Annual South Asia Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison, October 11, 2002.
- “Teaching the Asian Art Survey at Liberal Arts Colleges,” symposium participant, Association of Asian Studies, New England Conference, Williamstown, October 13, 2001.
- “Yoginis and Other Goddesses at the Kailasanath temple in Kanchipuram,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Nashville, November 21, 2000.
- “Mapping Artistic Space: The Kaveri Style,” International Congress of Asian and North African Studies, Montreal, August 31, 2000.
- “The Princess Patron: Women’s Choices and Architectural Style,” Annual Conference of the American Academy of Religion, Orlando, November 1998.
- “The Impact of Royal Patronage on the Kailasanath’s Iconographic Program,” Symposium VII, American Committee for South Asian Art, Minneapolis, May 1996.
- “’East’ and ‘West’ in the Study of Portraiture,” 84th Annual conference of the College Art Association, Boston, February 1996.
- “The Passionate Body: Poetry and Portraits in India,” Symposium VI of the American Committee for South Asian Art, The Asia Society, New York, April 1994; Conference on Religion in South India, Indiana University, Bloomington, June, 1994.
- “The Tamil Idea of Portraiture: A Theoretical Approach,” 18th Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, November 1989.
- “Stone Relief Portraits at Tiruvisalur, Punjai and Cakrappalli,” Symposium IV of the American Committee for South Asian Art, Richmond, Virginia, April 1988.
- “Distinctions between Divinity and Kingship in Early South India,” 74th Annual conference of the College Art Association, New York, February 1986.
- “Word-Image Tango: Visual and Verbal interactions at the Kailasanatha temple complex in Kanchipuram,” National Center for Biological Studies, Bangalore (India), July 25, 2013.
Conference Sessions Chaired
- “Scattered Goddesses: Travels with the Yoginis,” in Historical Ruptures: A Symposium, Gund Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, February 22-23, 2013.
- “Telling Tales: Shiva and his Stories at the Kailasanatha Temple in Kanchipuram,” Manifestations of Shiva, Symposium presented by Indian Performing Arts in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, December 1, 2012.
- “Siva and the Yoginis: A Boston Sculpture’s First Home,” lecture to the Friends of Asian Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, January 31, 2013.
- “Many Paths to the Divine,” 13th annual Eivor and Alston Callahan lecture, Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, March 2-3, 2012.
- “Yoginis in Temples, Ruins, and Museums,” for “The Temple and the Museum: Shifting Contexts for Art in the Tamil country,” Conference at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, December 16-17, 2011.
- “Many Paths to the Divine,” and “Scattered Goddesses: Dispersing the Kanchi Goddesses and their Companions,” St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY, October 4, 2011.
- “Many Paths to the Divine: Dynamics of Vision in a Hindu Temple,” Goldberg Lecture for the Department of History of Art, Vanderbilt University, April 7, 2011.
- “Reevaluating ‘Learning to See the Goddess’,” undergraduate Art History seminar taught at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, April 6, 2011.
- “Many Paths to the Divine: Dynamics of Vision in a Hindu Temple,” Art History Seminar, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, March 23, 2011.
- “Seeing Time and Escaping it with the Help of the Goddess,” Medieval Studies Seminar, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, December 1, 2010.
- “The Visual as Evidence: Seeing Auspiciousness in 8th-century India,” After Hours Conversation, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, November 8, 2010.
- “Hair, Age, Gender, and Power,” Yale University, September 23, 2009.
- “From Tamilnadu to San Francisco: A Goddess, Her Guardian, Their Former Companions and Lost Home,” San Francisco Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, March 20, 2009.
- “The many lives of a South Indian goddess in the Detroit Institute of Arts,” Detroit Institute of Arts, December 14, 2007.
- “Questions about Painted Sculpture in India,” in "SuperficiaI? Approaches to Painted Sculpture", a symposium at the Sackler Museum, Harvard University, December 8, 2007.
- “Reimagining the Lost Yogini Temple in Kanchi,” Seminar at the South Asia Center, University of Washington, May 24, 2006.
- “Collecting Across Borders: Goddesses from a Lost Kanchi Temple,” Second Annual Indian Art and Art History Lecture, Seattle Art Museum, May 25, 2006.
- “Mapping Artistic Space: A Kaveri Style,” Koyil: Invention, Imagination and Transmission in the temples of Tamilnadu, special conference of the Center for South Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, April 30, 2005.
- “Shiva Nataraja: Shifting Meanings and Contexts,” part of closing symposium for the exhibition The Sensuous and the Sacred: Chola Bronzes from South India, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, March 8, 2003; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, August 1, 2003.
- “Seductive and Repulsive: Deceptive Contrasts in a South-Indian Goddess,” Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, November 22, 2002.
- “Learning to See the Goddess,” PRASADA institute for graduate study in South Asian architecture, DeMontfort University, Leicester, February 5, 2002; Graduate program, Department of Art History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, April 21, 2003; Indian Art Circle series organized by the Victoria & Albert Museum, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, January 25, 2002; History Department, University of California, Davis, May 14, 2001; Department of Religion, Syracuse University, February 1999; Annual Lecture of the Art & Art History Department, Skidmore College, November 1997.
- “South Indian Bronzes: The State of the Field,” University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, September 11, 2001.
- “Reinterpreting the Kailasanath Temple in Kanchi,” Wake Forest University, Greensboro, April 3, 2001.
- “Traveling in South India: An Insider’s Guide,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, September 25, 2000.
- “Art and Community in Tenth-Century South India,” Keynote Address, Graduate Symposium, The Ohio State University, Columbus, October 1999.
- “Kings, gods, shapes and stories: The iconography of a royal south-Indian temple,” Art & Art History Department’s annual lecture, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, May 1999.
- “Royalty or Local Interests: Who Built the ‘Early Cola Temples’?” Fellows Lecture Series, Center for South Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, March 1991.
“Signs and Similitudes: Towards a History of Physiognomy in South Asia,” Association of Asian Studies, San Diego, March 21-24, 2013.
Session Chair, Biennial Symposium XV of the American Council for Southern Asian Art, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, September 22-25, 2011.
- “Celebrating the contributions of Joanna Williams,” Annual conference of the Association of Asian Studies, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 29-April 1, 2011 (roundtable accepted)
- “Ruins,” co-chaired with Janice Leoshko, 95th Annual conference of the College Art Association, New York, 2007.
- “Peripheries And Enclosures In South Asian Temple Architecture,” Symposium XII of the American Council for Southern Asian Art, San Diego, October 21-23, 2005
- “Creating Royal and Regional Identity,” Symposium X of the American Council on Southern Asian Art, Baltimore, November 10, 2001.
- “Transmission,” Symposium IX of the American Council on Southern Asian Art, Philadelphia, May, 2000.
- Co-chaired with Mary Beth Heston, “The Place of South India,” 85th Annual conference of the/’ College Art Association, New York, February, 1997.
- Search committee for the Dean/Provost, 2011-2012.
- Search committee that hired President Herbst, 2009-2010.
- Asian Studies Program, director, 2006-2010; member, 1988-present.
- Advice and Planning Committee, 2006-09.
- Search committee for Vice President for Communications, 2004-05.
- Executive Committee, implementation of the Diversity strategy of the Strategic Plan, 2004-2007.
- Women’s Studies Advisory Council, 2004-present.
- Middle East and Islamic Studies, 2006-present.
- Strategic Planning Steering Group, 2002-04.
- Faculty Affirmative Action Oversight, chair, 2002-2003
- Editorial Advisory Committee, Colgate Scene, 2002-2003.
Presentations at University Events
“On linking Core courses,” White Eagle conference on the Core Curriculum, 2009.
“Religion and Art: Seeing and Believing -- Re-imagining Ritual from Architectural Remains,” Religion Department's luncheon series on Religious Literacy at Colgate, October 16, 2008.
“The Prefocus/Focus exercise,” White Eagle conference on the Core Curriculum, 2003, 2005.
“Dispersing the Kanchi Goddesses,” Reunion College, June 2005.
“What Makes a Temple Tantric?”, Brown Bag lunch series, Women’s Studies Center, February 3, 2004.
“What I wish I had known during my first five years,” panel presenter, Women’s Studies Center, November 2004.
“Teaching literature in Core Cultures as a non-specialist in the field,” Core Cultures Faculty Seminar, 2002.
“Learning to See the Goddess,” Humanities Colloquium, September 25, 2001.
Co-leader with Eliza Kent of a two-week study tour of India for 25 faculty who teach in the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum, January 2012.
Colgate liaison to the New York State Independent College Consortium For Study In India, 2008-2010
Year of Chinese Art in 2009
“Asian Art Study Day” at the Picker Art Gallery, April 12, 2008, co-presenter with Steve Greenberg of Hamilton College
Study tour of study options in India for Colgate students, August 2008 and December 2011.
Designed and served as first leader of the 2004 when ARTS study group in London, 2004-2006
Consulted on selection and exhibition of Chinese sculpture from the Sackler Foundation, Picker Art Gallery, Spring 2004.
Search for Intern for the Sophomore Year Experience, summer, 2003.
Search for tenure-track specialist in Hinduism, Department of Philosophy & Religion, non-voting consultant, 2003.
Advisor, Honors Project in Women’s Studies (Jaime Warsavage), 2003.
Affirmative Action Interviews with job candidates, 2002-2003.
Consulting with Colgate Development Office, fundraising, 2002-2003.
London Study Group (History), teaching and logistical support, 2002.
Search for Director of Research for Case Library, non-voting participant, summer, 2002.
- Editorial Board, Archives of Asian Art, 2010-present.
- Advisory Committee (on manuscripts for publication), Institut Français de Pondichéry and École française d’Extrême-Orient, Pondichery, India, 2006-present.
- Executive Committee Member (2006-2008) and Trustee (2004-present), the American Institute of Indian Studies, Chicago.
- President, American Council on Southern Asian Art, 1999-2004
- Fellowship Selection Committee, American Institute for Indian Studies, 2001-2003
- Dissertation committee member for Preeti Bahadur, Chandigarh University, 2003.
- Mentor, Career Development Workshop, College Art Association, 1998, 2000, 2005.
- Reviewer for submitted manuscripts; Artibus Asiae, Art Bulletin, Ars Orientalis, South Asian Studies, AIIS Dissertation Prize/Indiana University Press, Oxford University Press, Simon & Schuster; 1996-2009.
- Reviewer for fellowship applications to: Getty Fellowship Program (1997); Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (2000); National Endowment for the Humanities (2003).
- Board of Directors, Earlville Opera House, 2003-2006.
- Chair, Gallery Selection Committee, Earlville Opera House, 2003-2006.
- Education Unlimited, 2001, “Reading The Meanings In Indian Art: Sculpture And Architecture In South India, 600-900 C.E.”.
- High School Seminar, 2002, “Temples, Caves and Tombs: Highlights of Indian Art”.