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Major Positions

Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University.

Major Accomplishments

Dr. Zainab Bahrani studied the History of Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University where she earned her MA and Ph.D. degrees in a joint program of Ancient Near Eastern and Greek Art and Archaeology. Prior to her appointment as the current Edith Porada Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, Bahrani taught at the University of Vienna in Austria, The State University of New York, at Stony Brook, New York and was a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Near Eastern Antiquities Department.
In addition to her books, Bahrani has written more than fifty articles and reviews on subjects ranging from ancient Near Eastern archaeology to contemporary art criticism in publications such as Art History, Art Journal, and The Oxford Art Journal. In the summer of 2004, Bahrani was Senior Advisor to Iraq’s Ministry of Culture. During that time she conducted a survey of war damage at the archaeological site of Babylon and instigated the state of Iraq’s official request for the removal of the military base from the site. Bahrani considers archaeological fieldwork to be central to her work. She is the Director of a Columbia University survey project that covers Iraq, Syria and Turkey, Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments.

Last modified: 01/09/2019

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