Dr. Melia Belli Bose
Dr. Melia Belli Bose
Art HistoryAssistant Professor
Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles
A specialist in South Asian art and architecture, Melia Belli received her doctorate in art history from the University of California Los Angeles in 2009. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Dr. Belli joined the Department of Art and Art History at UTA in 2010 as Assistant Professor of Asian Art History after a holding a post-doctoral teaching fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Belli’s scholarship is engaged with issues of gender, hybridity, identity, and memory in South Asian visual culture from the early modern to contemporary periods. Her forthcoming book, Royal Umbrellas of Stone: Memory, Politics and Public Identity in Rajput Funerary Art, examines the forms and decoration of royal Hindu funerary art in north India. Dr. Belli's articles have been published in the Asian art history journals: Archives of Asian Art, Ars Orientalis, Artibus Asiae, and Marg. She has also published in the journal of Asian anthropology Asian Ethnology, on performances of masculinity in contemporary Indian folk songs. She is currently guest editing and contributing to two volumes: “The Arts of Death in Asia,” for Ars Orientalis, and a book, Women, Gender, and Art in Early Modern Asia. Her next major project is on contemporary art and architecture in Bangladesh. Recent research for this project was funded by UTA. Her research and language study in India has also been supported by fellowships from the American Institute of Indian Studies.
Although Dr. Belli’s research focuses on South Asian art, she teaches a range of classes on the arts of Asia and the Islamic world. Among the classes she regularly teaches at UTA are: surveys of Non-Western, South Asian, Chinese, and Islamic art and architecture, upper level lecture classes on South Asian painting, and another on East Asian painting. She also teaches undergraduate and graduate seminars such as “Mughal Art in India,” “Buddhist Art in Asia,” “Indo-Islamic Architecture,” and “Sex, Gender, and the Body in South Asian Art.”