Dipti Khera

Assistant Professor of Art History, Department of Art History, and Institute of Fine Arts, NYU

Dipti Khera earned her PhD in South Asian art history from Columbia University's Department of Art History and Archaeology, completing a dissertation titled “Picturing India’s ‘Land of Kings’ Between the Mughal and British Empires: Topographical Imaginings of Udaipur and its Environs.” She holds M.A.’s in Art History and Archaeology as well as Museum Anthropology from Columbia University, an M.A. with Distinction in South Asian Design and Architecture from De Montfort University (Leicester, U.K.), and a B.A. in Architecture from Sir J. J. College of Architecture (Mumbai, India). Her dissertation research was supported by numerous fellowships and grants, including fellowships from the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art (London), the American Institute of Indian Studies (Chicago, IL), the Yale Centre for British Art (New Haven, CT), the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), where she was the Ittleson Fellow, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), where she was the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, C.V. Starr Foundation Scholarship, and Columbia University. From September 1, 2012-June 30, 2013, she was a Postgraduate Research Associate and Lecturer at the South Asian Studies Council, MacMillan Center, Yale University (New Haven, CT). For Academic Year 2013-14, she will be the Vivian G. Prins Global Scholar at NYU.

Dr. Khera’s research interests lie in the art and urban topography of Rajasthan between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, including painted scrolls, large-scale paintings, maps, and drawings; intellectual thinking on the experience of urban spaces and the consumption of material things in early modern South Asia; long eighteenth century in South Asia; historiography of cross-cultural encounters in art; design, decorative arts, and art education in colonial India; modern architecture and comparative urbanism; and contemporary heritage landscapes. She has published articles and essays on nineteenth-century Indian metalwork and early nineteenth-century Rajasthani painting. She has worked with several major museums in the USA and India, including, most recently, the Arthur M. Freer and Sackler Galleries, Washington, DC and the City Palace Museum, Udaipur, India, with which she is developing an exhibition that reveals the major shift in Indian art represented by Udaipur painters’ engagement with conceptualizing place and representing reality in large-scale works in the eighteenth and nineteenth century..
Dr. Khera has taught previously at Columbia and Yale. At NYU, she will teach three undergraduate courses per year in the Department of Art History and one graduate course at the Institute of Fine Arts, in which she has an associated appointment.