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Skidmore College
Art History Department

WaraichSaleema Waraich

Associate Professor of Art History


Office: Filene 114
Phone: 518-580-8415

Office Hours: Fall 2018

Wednesday, 10:10 am-11:00 am
Friday, 10:10 am-11:00 am
Or by appointment.


  • Ph.D., Art History, University of California, Los Angeles, 2007
  • M.A., South Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1997
  • B.A., Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1994


  • Asia, particularly South Asia and West Asia


  • The Visual Cultures of the Mughal Empire, British Colonialism, and Nationalism in South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan); Orientalism and Postcolonial Theory; Architectural Preservation and Conservation Practices; Representations of Gender; Historiography; Relationships Between Media and Memory.


  • Survey of Asian Art (AH 104)
  • Asian Places and Spaces (AH 202)
  • The Arts of South Asia (AH 206)
  • Islamic Art and Architecture (AH 209)
  • Image and Narrative in Asian Art (AH 313)
  • Asian Pop! (AH 318)
  • Senior Seminar: Orientalism (AH 375)



2017  “ ‘Authenticity’ as Intermediary: Contested Memories of the Mughal Fort of 
          Old Delhi,” International Journal of Islamic Architecture, 7.1, 2017.
2016  “European Fantasies and Awadhi Dreams: Exoticism, Eroticism, and the 
          Desire for Power,” in Orientalism, Eroticism and Modern Visuality in Global    
          Cultures, eds. Joan DelPlato and Julie Codell (Surrey, U.K. and Burlington, VT: 
          Ashgate 2016).

2012  “Competing and Complementary Visions of the Court of the Great Mogor,” in
          Seeing Across Cultures, ed. Dana Leibsohn and Jeanette Peterson (Farnham,
          Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate, 2012): 73-94.

2011   “Locations of Longing: The Ruins of Old Lahore,” Ruins: Fabricating Histories
           of Time, Third Text (Special Issue), ed. Padma Kaimal and Janice Leoshko, 25:6  
           (November 2011): 699-713.


2012     Book Review. Swati Chattopadhyay, Representing Calcutta: Modernity,
            Nationalism, and the Colonial Uncanny. (2012).

2001     Book Review. The Moonlight Garden: New Discoveries at the Taj Mahal, ed.
            Elizabeth Moynihan, Marg 53:2 (December 2001): 74.

Publications in Progress

Forthcoming  “Circuits of Exchange: Muraqqas and Illustrated Gift Books in the Early 20th   
                     Century,” in Festschrift in Honor of Professor Robert Brown, ed. Robert Caroli, DK  

Forthcoming   “A City Besieged and a Love Lamented: Representations of Delhi’s Qila-i 
                      Mualla (‘Exalted Fortress’) in the Eighteenth Century,” in Repositioning
                      Mughal Architecture Within the Persianate World, ed. Mehreen Chida-Razvi,
                      South Asian Studies, May 2019.

Forthcoming   “Concealing and Revealing the Female Body in European Prints and Mughal   
                     Paintings,” in Prints as Agents of Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Early 
                     Modern Period,” ed. Heather Madar, Amsterdam University Press.