ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, 18TH- AND 19TH-CENTURY EUROPEAN ART. DIRECTOR OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES.
Ph.D. Northwestern University, Art History, 2012
Office Dodd 247H
Zirwat Chowdhury’s research and teaching explore the interconnected histories and historiographies of art and visual culture in Britain, France, and South Asia in the 18th and 19th centuries. Her current book project, Enlightened Relations: Art without Common Sense in late 18th– and early 19th-Century Britain and colonial South Asia, traces within the intertwined networks of British and South Asian art and visual culture an alternative history to the late Enlightenment conceptualization of sympathy.
Her research has been supported by the Getty Research Institute (NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship), William Andrews Clark Memorial Library/Center for 17th– and 18th-Century Studies at UCLA (Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship), Institute of Historical Research (Mellon Dissertation Fellowship), Huntington Library (Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship), Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art, and the Yale Center for British Art. She is also an alumna of the Attingham Summer School (’13) and Royal Collection Studies (’18).
Prior to joining the Department of Art History at UCLA, she taught at Reed College and Bennington College. She also served as the Community Development Director for the Town of Bennington in Vermont.
Dr. Chowdhury serves as Journal 18’s Notes & Queries Editor.
- “George Dance the Younger Sets Guildhall Alight,” Journal18 Issue 11: The Architectural Reference (Spring 2021).
“Blackness, Immobility & Visibility in Europe: A Digital Collaboration,” Journal18 (September 2020).
- “An Imperial Mughal Tent and Mobile Sovereignty in Eighteenth-Century Jodhpur,” Art History 38, no. 4 (September 2015): 668-681.
- “Lemonade’s Enlightenment.” Journal18 (July 2016).
- “Blackness, Immobility & Visibility in Europe (1600-1800) – A Collaborative Timeline,” Journal18 (September 2020).