Assistant Professor of History of Art
Subhashini Kaligotla’s area of expertise is medieval Deccan India, with research interests in sacred architecture, textual and visual intersections, landscape history, and historiography. She is working on a book manuscript titled Argument and Ornament in the Architecture of Deccan India, which questions the binary conception of Indian sacred architecture and the fragmentary view it engenders of the Deccan’s earliest surviving stone constructions. Engaging with the analytical frameworks of cosmopolitanism, courtly ideas about ornament, and South Asian notions of place and power, the work situates Deccan choices in the visual realm alongside similar transregional practices in the linguistic, ritual, political, and landscape spheres. Kaligotla’s research has been supported by the Fulbright program, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Getty Research Institute, among others. Kaligotla earned her Ph.D. in Art History and Archaeology from Columbia.