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UMass Dartmouth faculty Pamela Karimi

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PAMELA KARIMI: Biography

Pamela Karimi received her PhD from the History, Theory & Criticism of Art and Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her primary field of research is art, architecture, and visual culture of the modern Middle East. Her second field of specialization is design and sustainability in North America.Before joining the Art History faculty at UMass Dartmouth, Dr. Karimi taught at Brandeis University, NYU, Wellesley College, and Lawrenceville School. Karimi is the author of Domesticity and Consumer Culture in Iran: Interior Revolutions of the Modern Era (Routledge, 2013) and co-editor of Images of the Child and Childhood in Modern Muslim Contexts (Duke, 2012) & Reinventing the American Post-Industrial City (Sage, 2015). Her essays and reviews about the modern and contemporary art of the Middle East have appeared in ArtMargins, Jadaliyya, Art Journal, Bidoun, Honar-e Farda, and the Arab Studies Journal, among others. She has held fellowships from Iran Heritage Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, the American Association of University Women, and the Society of Architectural Historians. In 2012 she was the co-recipient of the University of Massachusetts Creative Economy Fund for Urban Renewal in Massachusetts Gateway Cities and in 2014 she earned the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Green Award. Co-founder of Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative and a former member of the editorial team of the International Journal of Islamic Architecture, Karimi currently serves on the board of the Association of Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey (AMCA).

Research Interests:

  • Modern and contemporary art, architecture, and theory (with focus on the modern Middle East) | Gender and visual culture | Architecture and sustainability | Art and activism

Sample Courses:

  • Islamic Art and Architecture
  • Studies in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture
  • Gender, Domesticity, and Consumer Culture in Contemporary Art
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Theory and Method of Art History
  • Iranian Cinema
  • Development of Modern Architecture (special theme: Reinventing the Post-Industrial City)

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