Divya Kumar-Dumas is a historian of art, architecture and the landscape, teaching World Architecture at MICA. She asks the question, 'What makes a building site into a place?’
Her PhD in South Asia Studies from the University of Pennsylvania re-considered archaeological sites as designed landscapes. Teaching and research areas include art, architecture, and landscape — specifically the archaeology and cultural history of premodern Asia and relationships between South Asia and the world. She is a regional editor for the digital humanities project, Gardens of the Roman Empire, and a Visiting Research Scholar at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), NYU. She also designs gardens and thinks with plants.