Broad research interests include the transference and the efficacy of Islamicate images and texts to produce intimacy, transgression, ethics, and sovereignty. I also have a growing interest in visual histories of medicine within transimperial manuscripts across South Asia and Persia. My current book project, Erotic Visions: Poetry, Literature, and Book Arts, critically examines the binaries of sacred/profane and Hindu/Muslim that have shaped the art historical scholarship on South Asian and Islamic Art. I argue that representations of copulation, female nudes, and amorous couples produced in and around the Shi’a Muslim court of north India (Avadh) from 1754 to 1857 created a universe of affect and relationality. By revisiting the visual history of the Avadhi court with reference to literature and ethics, I urge the disciplines of art history and social and cultural analysis to broadly rethink the ways in which a transference of political authority occurs in the interstices of empire. Methodologically, I am the first to translate and visually analyze important Persian and Urdu source material rather than rely on outdated and nonexistent translations.

My extensive archival research in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Pakistan, and India has been supported by fellowships from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Institute of Indian Studies, American Institute of Pakistan Studies, Historians of Islamic Art Association, and the Institute of Historical Research-Mellon. Recent publications include journal articles and catalogue entries in Journal18, Porn Studies, and Scripps Asian Treasures Catalog. In 2018-2019, I was the Visiting Assistant Professor and Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at Scripps College (Claremont Colleges in California).