Architectural history professor
- B.A., anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
- Ph.D., architectural history, University of California, Berkeley
Awards, recognitions and honors
- Savannah College of Art and Design Presidential Fellowship Awards, 2012 and 2015
- Member, City of Savannah Historic Sites and Monuments Commission, 2011–present
- Fulbright Fellowship for dissertation research in Kenya
- University Fellowship, University of California, 1993
- Andrew and Mary Thompson Rocca Scholarship, 1992
- University of California Humanities Research Fellowship for the study of architecture in East Africa, 1989
- Phi Beta Kappa
Society of Architectural Historians, Southeastern Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, International Association for the Study to Traditional Environments, Vernacular Architecture Forum
Publications and Presentations
- Co-editor with Celeste Lovette Guichard, "World Heritage and National Registers: Stewardship in Perspective," Transaction Publishers, 2014.
- "Monument Tomb Architecture of the Medieval Swahili Coast," Buildings and Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, vol. 19, no. 1, Spring 2012: 107–114.
- "Globalization and the Medieval Swahili City," in "Globalization and Urbanization in Africa," eds. Toyin Falola and Steven J. Salm, Africa World Press, 2004.
- Co-author of the "Instructor's Manual and Student Workbook" for "Art History, Volume 1," by Marilyn Stokstad, Prentice Hall, 2002.
- "Cross-Cultural Currents: Swahili Urbanism in the Late Middle Ages" in "Hybrid Urbanism: On the Identity Discourse and the Built Environment," ed. Nezar AlSayyad, Praeger, 2001.
- Review of "The Bazaar: Markets and Merchants of the Islamic World," by Walter M. Weiss and Kurt-Michael Westerman, Traditional Dwellings and Settlement Reviews, April 1999.
- "At the Boundaries of Dar Al-Islam: Cities of the East African Coast in the Late Middle Ages," IASTE Working Paper Series, vol. 77, 1997.
- "House as Marketplace: Swahili Merchant Houses in the Later Middle Ages and Their Impact on the East African Urban Environment," Ninth Savannah Symposium: The Architecture of Trade, Savannah, Georgia, March 2015.
- "Post-Colonial Modernities," Eighth Savannah Symposium: Modernities Across Time and Space, session chair, Savannah, Georgia, February 2013.
- "Memory and Eternity: Tomb Architecture and the Medieval Swahili City," Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference, Chattanooga, Tennessee, October 2010.
- "Redefining the Study of African Architecture," Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, session chair, Chicago, Illinois, April 2010.
- "The Past Within the Present Landscape," Vernacular Architecture Forum Annual Meeting, session chair, Savannah, Georgia, March 2007.
- "Architecture and Representation in the Public Realm," Fifth Savannah Symposium: Building in the Public Realm, session chair, Savannah, Georgia, February 2007.
- "Archaic Globalization and the Development of Medieval Swahili Architecture," Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference, Savannah, Georgia, October 2003.
- "The Impact of Globalizing Forces on the Medieval Swahili City," African Urban Spaces: History and Culture Conference, University of Texas at Austin, March 2003.
- "Coercion, Control, and Mythification," Third Savannah Symposium: Commemoration and the City, session chair, Savannah, Georgia, February 2003.
- The Middle Eastern Cultural Landscape Forum, panelist, Savannah College of Art and Design, Trustees Theater, Savannah, Georgia, November 2001.
- "Contested Identities," Second Savannah Symposium: Authenticity in Architecture, session chair, Savannah, Georgia, February 2001.
- "The Colonial Question in Medieval East African History: The Nature of Economic and Cultural Interaction as Seen Through Architecture and Cities," Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference, Binghamton University — SUNY, Binghamton, New York, October 1997.
- "At the Boundaries of Dar Al-Islam: Medieval Swahili Cities of the 14th and 15th Centuries," International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments Conference, Berkeley, California, December 1996.
- "The Architecture of the Islamic World," Department of Art History, University of California, Davis, guest lecturer, May 1993.