College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art History

Department of
Art History

A cutting from the lower border of a manuscript (Johann Plaecsaert, artist)

Margaret Graves

Margaret Graves Associate Professor, Department of Art History

Download full CV

Office hours: Tuesdays 9:00-11:00a.m. and by appointment


Ph.D., University of Edinburgh, 2010
M.Sc. (Res.), University of Edinburgh, 2006
M.A. (Fine Art), University of Edinburgh/Edinburgh College of Art, 2002

Research Interests

  • Medieval Islamic art and architecture
  • Nineteenth-century art and craft in the Islamic world
  • Plastic arts, materiality and histories of making
  • Orientalism, historiography and the master-narrative(s) of Islamic art

Selected Publications

  • Arts of Allusion: Object, Ornament, and Architecture in Medieval Islam (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018)
  • Margaret Graves and Moya Carey (eds), Journal of Art Historiography, 6: Islamic Art historiography, guest-edited special issue, June 2012
  • Margaret S. Graves (ed.), Islamic Art, Architecture and Material Culture: New Perspectives (Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, International Series 2436, 2012)
  • Margaret S. Graves (ed. and catalogue entries) and Benoît Junod (ed.), Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Arts of Islamic Architecture. Exhibition catalogue (Geneva: Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2011)
  •  ‘The Lamp of Paradox’, Word & Image 34:3 (2018), pp. 237–250
  • ‘Say Something Nice: Supplications on Medieval Objects, and Why They Matter’, in Sabine Schmidtke, ed., Studying the Near and Middle East at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1935-2018 (Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2018), pp. 322–330
  • ‘Fracture, Facture, and the Collecting of Islamic Art’, in Daniel Becker, Annalisa Fischer, and Yola Schmitz, eds, Faking, Forging, Counterfeiting: Discredited Practices at the Margins of Mimesis (Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, 2018), pp. 91–110
  •  ‘The Monumental Miniature: Liquid Architecture in the Kilgas of Cairo’, Art History 38:2 (2015), pp. 304–323. Reprinted in Joan Kee and Emanuele Lugli, eds, To Scale (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016), pp. 62–81
  • Kashan Ware’, Encyclopaedia Iranica, ed. Ehsan Yarshater (New York: Columbia University, 2014)
  • ‘Islam and Visual Art’, in Frank Burch Brown (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 310–320; also published online in Oxford Handbooks Online,

Selected Honors and Awards

  • 2018: The Barakat Trust, UK, subvention award for Arts of Allusion
  • 2017: Major funding for Making Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Islamic Art and Architecture, College Art and Humanities Institute, Indiana University; New Frontiers/New Currents Award, Indiana University
  • 2016: New Frontiers of Creativity and Scholarship Award, Indiana University
  • 2015: Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, Indiana University
  • 2015–16: Membership, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
  • 2011–14: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship for outstanding early career scholars (awarded; declined)
  • 2010–11: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Institute for the Advanced Study of the Humanities, University of Edinburgh
  • 2010–11: Postdoctoral Fellowship, British Institute of Persian Studies
  • 2006–9: Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award: full funding for Ph.D.; additional funding for research in Iran, Syria and Egypt

Department of Art History
Radio/TV Building 316
1229 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812-855-9390
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.