Mira Xenia Schwerda
PhD Candidate in History of Art and Architecture and Middle East Studies
Mira is a student in Harvard University’s dual Ph.D. program in Middle Eastern Studies and History of Art and Architecture. Her dissertation focuses on photographic depictions of political power in Qajar Iran. Her main adviser is Professor David J. Roxburgh. Currently, Mira is working with Mary McWilliams, the Curator of Islamic Art at the Harvard Art Museums, to prepare for a 2017 exhibition and catalogue on Qajar Iran.
Before coming to Harvard, Mira earned two M.A. degrees, from Princeton University in Islamic Art History, and from the University of Tübingen in Modern History, Iranian Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies.
Mira has given several conference presentations in the last years. For the 2014 MESA-conference she co-organized a panel on photography and print, titled Visualizing Modernity. In February 2015 Mira’s article Death on Display: Mirza Reza Kirmani, Prison Portraiture and the Depiction of Public Executions in Qajar Iran will be published in the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication (Brill).