Roxanne Goldberg

Roxanne Goldberg is a third-year PhD student in History, Theory and Criticism and The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture. Her research on the long nineteenth century centers around encounters between the Ottoman Empire, Europe, and the United States, particularly in relation to cross-cultural networks of artists, art dealers, and art collectors, and histories and theories of collecting and exhibiting Islamic art. Roxanne is further interested in art crime, art law, questions of authenticity, and the construction of 'Islamic' art in academia and the museum. 

Roxanne is currently the Curatorial Research Associate in Islamic Art in The Art of Asia Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she is conducting a survey of the state of the Islamic collection's cataloguing and documentation and preparing an evaluation of the collection of approximately 6,000 objects. Roxanne is also researching curatorial initiatives that use the Islamic collection to improve the public understanding of religion as part of the Lilly Endowment's Religion and Cultural Institution Initiative. 

Roxanne received her B.A. in Art History (summa cum laude) from The George Washington University, where she served for two years as curator of Gallery 102. Prior to coming to MIT, Roxanne worked as an arts writer in Berlin and held positions at The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD); the Smithsonian Institution Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC); International Arts & Artists (Washington, DC); the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (Berlin, Germany); and Thomas Eller Studios (Berlin, Germany).

Areas of Interest
Globalization, Historiography, Islamic Architecture, Orientalism, Theory of Architecture, Theory of Art