Sarah-Neel Smith specializes in art history of the Ottoman Empire and Middle East from the nineteenth century to today; Orientalism and Islamic art in the museum; globalization and contemporary art; and post-9/11 visual culture in the United States. Her first book, Metrics of Modernity: Art and Development in Post-War Turkey, will be published with the University of California Press in 2022.


Her writing has appeared in Art Journal, ARTMargins, Third Text, Bidoun, and frieze, as well as exhibition catalogues for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MOCA (Los Angeles), and her research has been supported by the ACLS, Terra Foundation for American Art, and the Fulbright scholar program. At MICA, Smith teaches Modernisms (1860-1960), Islamic Art and Architecture, and the advanced seminars Istanbul: Art and the City, Museums and the Middle East, Visual Culture of the Ottoman Empire (1839-1923), and Visual Culture of 9/11. Smith holds a PhD in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. from Smith College. Please visit for downloadable versions of Smith's writings.