Alison Shah is an Assistant Professor in the History Department at the University of Colorado Denver. Her work explores how traditional architectural forms and the practices they shelter are critical features in creating modern urban environments. Her current project focuses on the uses of pre-modern Islamic heritage in modern India, and she is working on a book manuscript titled, “Islam and the Politics of Heritage in Urban India, 1800-2000.”
Trained as both an architectural historian and a social historian, she has published articles that examine the ways that hand-drawn maps, monumental building patronage, and formal urban designs hold keys to uncovering new narratives of power and social change in nineteenth century Hyderabad, India. She teaches courses in Public History, the history of India, and the Islamic World.