I am a historian of science and colonialism and Research Fellow at the GHI London. My research focuses on the global circulation of objects; from the movement of ancient artefacts in indigenous contexts in the Middle East into the racial hierarchies and archives of Europe’s museums and their storages, to the meaning these histories have in memory cultures today. I held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard University, the University of Oxford, KHI Florence, and MPIWG in Berlin. In 2019, I co-founded the project 100 Histories in 100 Worlds in 1 Object. In 2022 I won the prestigious Dan David Prize.
As a visiting fellow I worked with collaborators in Sydney, Melbourne, New Delhi, Mumbai, Tehran, New York City, and Accra, where in 2021 I was co-Principal Investigator of the Interdisciplinary Fellows Group ‘The 4R (Restitution, Return, Repatriation and Reparation). Reality or Transcultural Aphasia?’ at the Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa. I am Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of Museum Detox and the Global Young Academy.