Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture

Heeryoon Shin specializes in the art, architecture, and material culture of South Asia, with a particular focus on early modern and colonial India. Her research interests include sacred and urban space, cross-cultural encounters, and architectural historiography in early modern and colonial South Asia. Her current book project, tentatively titled Temples Between Empires: Architectural Encounters in Banaras, ca. 1750–1850, explores architectural revival and cross-cultural exchange during the transition between the Mughal and British empires through the lens of temple architecture in the Hindu pilgrimage city of Banaras. She is also developing a project on the global circulation of blue and white ceramics and their interaction with local production and use in South Asia. Her research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, Samsung Scholarship Foundation, and Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. Her work has been published in Artibus Asiae and Journal 18, a journal of 18th-century art and culture. Professor Shin also contributed a book chapter, “Chintz: Indian Textiles in English Bedrooms,” to The Eighteenth-Century Room (2020), and book and exhibition reviews to the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture, a Bard Graduate Center publication. She previously served as Mellon Assistant Professor of Asian Art at Vanderbilt University; she also taught at Williams College and was a visiting lecturer at Colorado College.

BA, MA, Seoul National University; MA, MPhil, PhD, Yale University. At Bard since 2021.