Dr Nadhra Shahbaz Khan is Associate Professor of art and architectural history and serves as the Director Gurmani Centre for Languages and Literature. A specialist in the history of art and architecture of the Punjab from the sixteenth to the early twentieth century, her research covers the visual and material culture of this region during the Mughal, Sikh, and colonial periods. Her publications in international peer reviewed journals, conference papers and other research activities, especially her book titled Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Samādhi in Lahore: A Summation of Sikh Architectural and Decorative Practices and a website (https://www.sikhvirsa.org.pk/home/) that features Sikh artefacts in the Lahore Fort’s Sikh Gallery, have successfully brought Sikh art and architecture at the forefront of Pakistan’s heritage discussions and conservation activities. This website has received the Times Higher Education Awards Asia 2022 for “Excellence and Innovation in the Arts”.
Nadhra Khan has held research fellowships at SOAS, London (Charles Wallace 2010–2011), INHA Paris (2015), Princeton University (Fulbright 2014–2015), Oxford University (Barakat Trust 2014–2015) Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard (2021-2022), and the Institute for Advanced Study in Asian Cultures & Theologies, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2023). She has also been a recipient of the highly competitive CAA-Getty International Program travel grants thrice: 2012, 2019 & 2021, the MGSHSS LUMS Annual Research Award 2019, the LUMS Faculty Initiative Funds for 2020 and 2021 and Faculty Travel Grants. Her association with the Aga Khan Cultural Service–Pakistan for their Lahore Fort project as Consultant Historian continues since 2016.