Departmental Honors Program Director
Mira Rai Waits is an art and architectural historian of modern and contemporary South Asia. Her research focuses on post-colonial theory, visual culture studies, modern architecture and urbanism, and social justice studies.
She has published in the journal Visual Culture in Britain and the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, as well as in the anthology Across Time and Space: Architecture and the Politics of Modernity. Her research has been funded by the University of California President’s Program and she has held postdoctoral fellowships with the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
She is currently working on a book project “Colonial Carcerality: The Birth of the Modern Prison in India,” which explores the spatial history of British colonial prisons in India. Dr. Waits teaches courses on Asian art and architectural history, Islamic art and architectural history, contemporary Asian visual culture, and the visual culture of the global city.