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Pia Brancaccio is the coordinator of the Art History Minor and a member of the Art and Art History Department since 2002. She teaches courses on Asian Art and Culture, Art of India, Art of China and Art of Japan, in addition to parts of the Western Art History survey. Her research focuses on Buddhist art from South Asia, where she has traveled extensively. She has also done significant work on topics dealing with art and multiculturalism in the ancient world. Her most recent publications include a monograph entitled The Buddhist Caves at Aurangabad: Transformations in Art and Religion (Brill Publishers, 2010); edited volumes entitled Living Rock: Buddhist, Hindu and Jain Cave Temples in Western Deccan (Marg, 2013) and Gandharan Buddhism: Archaeology, Art and Text with Kurt Behrendt (UBC Press 2006); articles published in international journals such as Ars Orientalis, East & West and South Asian Studies, as well as a number of encyclopedia entries and book reviews.
Ph.D., Istituto Universitario Orientale, Napoli (Italy);M.A., Istituto Universitario Orientale, Napoli (Italy)
South Asia Center of the University of Pennsylvania, Affiliated Faculty Member
American Committee for South Asian Art, Member
International Association for Buddhist Studies, Member
European Association for South Asian Archaeology, Member
College Art Association, Member
American Institute for Pakistan Studies, Member