American University of Beirut

Hala Auji

Hala Auji is a historian of Islamic and Middle Eastern art, material culture, and the built environment, who teaches courses on Islamic art, Modern Arab art, and exhibition history. Informed by her background in graphic design, criticism and theory, and art history, her interdisciplinary research on Arabic book and print culture, modernity, global art, museum practices, and portraiture, evidences an intersection between book history, manuscript studies, art history, design history, and Middle Eastern studies. She is the author of Printing Arab Modernity: Book Culture and the American Press in Nineteenth-Century Beirut (Brill, 2016), and has published essays and articles in the Review of Middle East Studies, Visible Language, the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, Platform: A digital forum for conversations about buildings, spaces, and landscapes and Rusted Radishes: Beirut Literary and Art Journal, among other venues. Auji currently serves as the Islamic Art Field Editor for (a journal of the College Art Association), Assistant Editor for the International Journal of Islamic Architecture, the International Representative on the Board of the Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA), and the Lebanon Liaison for the Syrian Studies Association. Auji holds a PhD in Art History from Binghamton University, State University of New York (SUNY), an MA in Criticism and Theory from Art Center College of Design, and an undergraduate degree in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut. All of her publications can be downloaded via her Academia profile.

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