Esra Akin-Kivanc

Assistant Professor
ACLS Fellowships

Esra Akin-Kivanç holds the Doctor of Philosophy in the History of Art from The Ohio State University. She comes to USF from Oberlin College & Conservatory, where she held the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History and Religion. She teaches courses in Islamic visual and material culture with special emphasis on the relationship between art, political ideology, and religion. She is the author of Mustafa Ali’s Epic Deeds of Artists: A Study on the Earliest Ottoman Text About the Calligraphers and Painters of the Islamic World (Leiden: Brill, 2011). She co-authored, with Howard Crane, Sinan’s Autobiographies: Five Sixteenth-century Texts (Leiden: Brill, 2006). Akin-Kivanç’s past research and publications were supported by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University, the Presidential Scholarship at The Ohio State University, and the American Research Institute in Turkey, among others. Her current research aims to define the formal and conceptual principles of pre-modern Islamic art-historiography while delineating Muslim artists’ and art historians’ understanding of such fundamental concepts as beauty, truth, and faith.

Award Type: AAU TARU NRC
Awarded: 2017