Nadhra Khan’s primary area of research and interest is 19th Century Sikh Art and Architectural Ornament in the Punjab, but she also focuses on Mughal Art and Architecture (16th to 18th century). Her work emphasizes the significance of the Sikh period as the last episode of centuries old indigenous art and architectural tradition before annexation of the Punjab by the British in 1849 that changed, among other things, the visual culture of the Punjab forever. A research project that started with one Sikh funerary monument or samadhi built to honor Maharaja Ranjit Singh has led her to study almost all major monuments dateable to this period, including the Golden Temple Amritsar, Sikh period havelis and various other samadhis. Her current research includes the impact of Sikh architectural vocabulary on subsequent British Raj architecture in the Punjab and the deep impact of British art and craft education on traditional art and craft practices.
Khan, N. (In Press 2018). Ayina-Kari in the Sheesh Mahal, Lahore Fort: Issues of Attribution, Appreciation and Interpretation. Artibus Asiae, 78 (2).
Khan, N. (2012). Posthumous Homage Paid to Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Jamal: A Journal of Aesthetics, 1 (1), 65-74.
Khan, N. (2010). Frescoes in Maharaja Ranjit Singh's Samadhi. Lahore: Paintings, Murals and Calligraphy, Marg, 61 (4), 72-85.
Khan, N. (2010). Life at the Lahore Darbar: 1799-1839. Journal of South Asian Studies, 25 (2), 283-301.
Khan, N. (2008). Frescoes Unveiled: Maharaja Ranjit Singh's Samadhi in Lahore. Marg, 59 (4), 54-59.
Khan, N. (2019). Reading, Revising and Reviving the Narrative of Private Spaces in Pre-Partition Lahore, Under Review. Jennifer Leaning (Eds.), The 1947 Partition of British India: Looking Back, Informing the Future.
Khan, N. (2017). Industrial Art Education in Colonial Punjab: Kipling's Pedagogy and Hereditary Craftsmen, Published. Julius Bryant and Susan Weber (Eds.), John Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London, Yale University Press.
Khan, N. (2017). John Lockwood Kipling, Published. Athar Tahir (Eds.), Oxford Companion to Pakistani Art, Oxford University Press.
Khan, N. (2013). The Secular Sikh Maharaja and his Muslim Wife: Rani Gul Bahar Begum., Published. Mahesh Sharma and Padma Kaimal (Eds.), Indian Painting: Themes, Histories, Interpretations, (pp. 247-254), Mapin.
Khan, N. (2019). Reinterpreting Sikh Monuments of Lahore.
Khan, N. (2018). Maharaja Ranjit Singh's Samadhi in Lahore: A Summation of Sikh Architectural and Decorative Practices.
Naeem Khan, N. (2018). "The Lahore Museum Sikh Gallery: Art Works and Their Narratives.". CAA (College Art Association), Los Angeles, United States of America.
Naeem Khan, N. (2018). "Selfhoods and lives of some artifacts in the Lahore Museum: Sikh, Colonial and Postcolonial.". Troubling Legacies: South African Visual Arts Historians Conference. University of Stellenbosch., Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Naeem Khan, N. (2017). "Lahore Fort's Picture Wall: Jahangir and Shah Jahan's Decrees Read by Lahori Eyes.". ACSAA (American Council for Southern Asian Art). Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United States of America.
Naeem Khan, N. (2016). "Kipling's Lahore: Drawing and Reading Architecture.". Kipling in India: India in Kipling. Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, India.
Naeem Khan, N. (2014). "Ayina-Kari in Sheesh Mahal Lahore Fort: Mughal or Sikh?". Sikh Research Conference, University of Warwick., Coventry, United Kingdom.
Naeem Khan, N. (2013). "The Lahore Fort and its Four Courts: Power Symbols Used by a Mughal and a Sikh Ruler.". Sikholars 2013, Graduate Student and Professionals Conference. Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States of America.
Naeem Khan, N. (2013). "Mythos to Ethos: Wall Paintings and Nineteenth Century Punjabi Women.". Punjabi University., Patiala, India.
Naeem Khan, N. (2013). "Mistris or Craftsmen as Authors of Instruction Manuals in Early Twentieth Century Punjab.". Labour, Livelihood and Culture: Crafts and Music in the Middle East, South and Central Asia., London, United Kingdom.
Naeem Khan, N. (2012). "The Sikh Diaspora and their Heritage: 'the West' Goes Back to the Rest.". Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS), Gothenburg, Sweden.
Naeem Khan, N. (2011). "Hazuri Bagh Baradari: A Reflection of 19th Century Sikh Architectural Practices.". THAAP Conference (Trust for History, Art and Architecture of Punjab), Lahore, Pakistan.
Naeem Khan, N. (2010). "Samadhi Bhai Vasti Ram: A Study of Sikh Architectural Ornamentation.". THAAP Conference (Historiography of Architecture in Pakistan and the Region), Lahore, Pakistan.
Naeem Khan, N. (2010). "Themes of 19th Century Sikh Frescoes: Myth, Royalty, Rituals and Festivals.". 3rd International Congress of the Society of South Asian Archaeology, University of Kelaniya, Columbo, Sri Lanka.
Naeem Khan, N. (2009). "Persian Characteristics of Nineteenth Century Sikh Monuments.". Fourth Biennial Convention of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS), Lahore, Pakistan.
Naeem Khan, N. (2007). "Murals Discovered in Kharak Singh's Haveli.". Punjab Murals: Themes, Context, Patronage and Technique. Department of Fine Arts, Punjabi University, Patiala, India.
Khan, N. (2016). Sikh Interpretations of the Mughal Shalamar Garden in Lahore. 34th CIHA: Garden & Courtyard Session, 148-156.