Zainab Bahrani is the Edith Porada Professor of Art History & Archaeology at Columbia University, and a visiting scholar at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. She has published several books and many articles on subjects ranging from ancient Near Eastern archaeology to contemporary art criticism. In 2004, as Senior Advisor to Iraqís Ministry of Culture, she conducted a survey of war damage at the archaeological site of Babylon. She is also adviser to the World Monuments Fund project for the site management of Babylon.

Professor Zainab Bahrani