Dr Sophia Powers

Ph.D, Art History, UCLA, 2018; M.A., Anthropology, Columbia University, 2011; B.A. Art History and Anthropology (double major), Stanford University, 2007.

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Sophia Powers completed a double major in Art History and Anthropology at Stanford University, focusing on the emerging contemporary art worlds of China and India. She went on to receive an M.A. from the Anthropology Department at Columbia University, where she wrote a thesis on the impact of East Asian aesthetics in the Bengal Art School supervised by Partha Chatterjee. Sophia received her PhD from the Art History Department at UCLA under the supervision of Saloni Mathur. Her major field of study was South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art, and her minor subject was East Asian Painting, which she studied under the supervision of Korean art specialist Burglind Jungmann. Her dissertation “Intimate Durations: Re-imagining Contemporary Indian Photography” considered the relational photographic practice of three contemporary Delhi-based photographers: Sheba Chhachhi, Dayanita Singh, and Gauri Gill. Sophia is currently in the process of developing this project into her first book. Before joining the faculty at University of Auckland, Sophia held a post-doctoral position in the Art History Department at Washington University in St. Louis.

Teaching | Current

ARTHIST 206 South Asian Photography

ARTHIST 313 South Asian Photography

ARTHIST 700 Participation, Collaboration and Photography

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ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 7, Room 743
New Zealand