My research and teaching examine the intersections of visual and scientific inquiry in the architectural culture of the early modern world. Since 2017, I have been a Lecturer in Architectural History at the University of Edinburgh, a position comparable to Assistant Professor. Prior to this, I was a Wissenschaftliche Assistentin focused on art history at the Institute of Art History at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU). I trained as an art historian and received my Ph.D. from the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University in 2015.
My work synthesizes methods from the histories of art and architecture and the history of knowledge to interrogate how the research practices of art, architecture and science were formed and mediated in tandem across the early modern world, under European colonialism. In examining the relationships between art, architectural and scientific research tactics in Europe and the territories it colonized, I shed light on origins of contemporary global challenges, such as architecture’s implication in the climate crisis, global inequality, and fraught public trust in empirical science.
My research has been supported by the German-American Fulbright Commission, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Society of Architectural Historians, and Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.