Preeti Chopra

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Phone: 608.265.8694


Office Number: 220 Elvehjem

Office Hours:
Wednesdays 4:15-6:15PM


Ph. D., Department of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, 2003.
M.C.P., Department of City & Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley, 1993
M.L.A., Department of Landscape Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, 1993
B.Arch. in Architecture, School of Architecture, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad, India, 1987

Areas of Research and Teaching:

Modern architectural and urban history, the spatial landscapes of empire, visual and spatial cultures and thehistory of South Asia, material culture, postcolonial theory and cultural studies.

On Faculty 2003.

Courses taught:

AH/LCA 379: Cities of Asia
AH/LCA 428: Visual Cultures of South Asia
AH/LCA 621: Mapping, Making, and Representing Colonial Spaces
DS 642/AH 500/AH 800: Taste
AH 802: Topics in Visual Cultures: The Everyday: Lives, Spaces, and Things  

Related resources:

Center for Visual Cultures

Selected Publications:

"A Joint Enterprise: Indian Elites and the Making of British Bombay." Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011.

“Free to move, forced to flee: the formation and dissolution of suburbs in colonial Bombay,” Urban History, volume 39, issue 1 (2012): 83-107.

“From part to the whole.” In Poppo Pingel, Auroville Architects Monograph Series, by Mona Doctor-Pingel, 165-168.  Ahmedabad: Mapin, 2012.

“Refiguring the Colonial City: Recovering the Role of Local Inhabitants in the Construction of Colonial Bombay,” Buildings and Landscapes 14 (Fall 2007): 109-125.

“La Ville Imaginée: Nommer Les Divisions de Bombay Coloniale (1800-1918).” In Divisions de la ville, edited by Christian Topalov, 125-156.  Paris: Editions UNESCO: Editions de la Maison des sciences de l’hommes (collection “Les Mots de la ville”), 2002.

“Pondicherry: A French Enclave in India.” In Forms of Dominance: On the Architecture and Urbanism of the Colonial Enterprise, edited by Nezar AlSayyad, 107-137. Aldershot: Avebury/Gower House, 1992.