Aditi Chandra

Assistant Professor of Art History/Visual Studies
Phone Number 
(209) 228-2321
COB-2 358
Islamic and South Asian art and architecture
Colonial and post-colonial studies
Visual culture of travel
Gender studies
Cinemas of India
Modern South Asian literature
Aditi Chandra received her Ph.D. in Islamic Art and Architecture (with a focus on South Asia) from the University of Minnesota in 2011. Her training is broad, including a Masters in History from Delhi University and a Masters in Art History with a minor in modern South Asian literature from the University of Minnesota; her teaching and research attempt to push disciplinary boundaries of art history by engaging with a wide range of popular visualities and spatial experiences. Her recent research examines how colonial archeological and travel-related processes such as landscaping, site museums, the dissemination of postcards, and the eviction of refugees transformed Delhi’s Sultanate and Mughal architecture into modern monuments for touristic consumption in the 19th and 20th centuries.  

In Spring 2011, she curated an exhibition titled "Imperial Post: Views of Colonial Delhi," which showcased colonial travel ephemera representing Delhi's Islamic architecture at Skidmore College’s Tang Museum. Her essay “Potential of the ‘Un-exchangeable Monument’: Delhi's Purana Qila, in the time of Partition, c. 1947–63” was published in the International Journal of Islamic Architecture. She was a scholar-in-residence at the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art in July and August 2013, and her work on Colonial and Mughal gardens and landscapes and their relationship with female identity will be published in "Shangri-La Working Papers in Islamic Art." She joined UC Merced in 2013.