Islamic Studies Today 2007
David Roxburgh Named Alwaleed Professor of Islamic Art History
David Roxburgh, already a tenured professor in Harvard’s Department of the History of Art and Architecture, was named Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic Art History in 2007. Professor Roxburgh grew up in the Borders, Scotland, and attended Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art where he received an M.A. with Honors in Fine Art. He then went on to earn his Ph.D. in the Department of History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Roxburgh then began his teaching career at Harvard in 1996. His books include Prefacing the Image: The Writing of Art History in Sixteenth-Century Iran (2001) and The Persian Album, 1400-1600: From Dispersal to Collection (2005). Professor Roxburgh has also worked as a curator on exhibitions including Turks: A Journey of A Thousand Years (London, Royal Academy of Art, 2005) and Traces of the Calligrapher: Islamic Calligraphy in Practice, c. 1600-1900 (Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, 2007). His articles take a variety of approaches to the study of aesthetics, art and culture of the book, history of collections, and written sources.