Razan Francis

Razan Francis earned her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art with a dissertation on “Secrets of the Arts: Enlightenment Spain’s Contested Islamic Craft Heritage.” Her work centers on the visual culture of the Islamic world with a focus on Iberia and the Mediterranean. She explores the relationship of cultural identity and artistic practice in multiethnic environments and the discourse of images and craftsmanship in Islamic cultures. Her work has been funded by a Chester Dale Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; a Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship; an American Association of University Women Fellowship; and the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT. She has taught at Northeastern University and at Furman University. She is a visiting faculty member at Bennington College for the 2017-2018 academic year.

2014 Doctoral Dissertation: Secrets of the Arts: Enlightenment Spain's Contested Islamic Craft Heritage