Kristen Gulbransen

Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies

Professor Gulbransen teaches courses on Asian visual culture, with an emphasis on South Asia. Topics explored in her classes include Mughal art and culture, Buddhist aesthetic traditions, and artistic production in colonial India. Her research examines the origins and development of the portrait genre in sixteenth and seventeenth century North India, addressing issues of Mughal-Rajput cultural exchange, historical representation, art and book collecting, and political diplomacy and gift exchange. Professor Gulbransen was a recipient of the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship and the Metropolitan Museum of Art Theodore Rousseau Fellowship. She recently served as assistant curator and contributed to a catalogue for the exhibition Realms of Earth and Sky: Indian Painting from the 15th to the 19th Century (to be displayed 2014-2015 at The Fralin Museum, University of Virginia; The Tang Museum, Skidmore College; and The San Antonio Art Museum).