American art, American material and visual culture, and North American vernacular architecture and landscape history.
Northern European art 1450-1850; Print culture; History of science and technology; Reformations of religion; Art History’s relationship to language, literature, and primary source texts; Communication and exchange.
Greek and Roman art and archaeology; Near Eastern and especially Anatolian art and archaeology; Greek city planning and social organization; Archaic Greece; Interrelations between Greece and the Near East; Achaemenid Persia; Greek epigraphy
Visual Culture, early modern to contemporary, Europe and the Americas; Colonial Cultural Studies and Postcolonial Theory, Media and Technology Studies; Gender Studies and Queer Theory, and Visual Studies connecting Historical Study, Theoretical Speculation, and Studio Practice
Modern architectural and urban history, the spatial landscapes of empire, visual and spatial cultures and the history of South Asia, material culture, postcolonial theory and cultural studies.
Early Christian, Medieval and Byzantine art; Romanesque art (religious experience and the senses); San Marco in Venice; the cult of the saints; cultural appropriation and hybridity
As Adjunct Curator of African Art at the Chazen Museum of Art of UW-Madison, he curated the permanent African art gallery there, and most recently – Double Fortune, Double Trouble: Art for Twins among the Yoruba at the Fowler Museum-UCLA. He has also produced a number of films documenting African and African Diaspora arts, and lectured widely on these topics.
Chinese Art, Gender and material practice in late imperial China
Lay Buddhist women, the cult of Guanyin and image making, women artists,
History of Chinese textile and costume, opera and Chinese visual culture, Qing court art
Nineteenth-century French and British Art and Visual Culture
Director, Material Culture Program
American material culture: American decorative arts and domestic interiors, Vernacular arts (Self-taught and folk art), Craft practices, Historical archaeology. Museums and curatorial practice.
Contemporary Art, Twentieth Century Art, New Media, Theory (Semiotics, Psychoanalysis, Post-structuralism, Gender Studies, Queer Theory), French Painting, Abstraction, Modernism, Post-modernism
Italian Renaissance literature and culture; drama, painting and Renaissance inter-media; aesthetics; patronage; Machiavelli, Vasari, Tasso, Bruno.
Research interests: Islamic art and architecture; cross-cultural exchange; Christian art in the medieval Islamic world; arts of the Arab Spring; architecture in the Arabian Gulf