Bard Faculty

Olga Bush

Visiting Associate Professor of History

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Historical Studies


M.S., mechanical engineering, Kiev Polytechnical Institute, Ukraine; Ph.D., Islamic art history, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Bush previously taught at Vassar College, where she was a visiting scholar, and served as a lecturer and instructor at SUNY New Paltz. Her research interests include medieval Muslim material culture within Mediterranean networks, Islamic architecture and textiles, European and American Orientalism, and cultural heritage and modern identities. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, grants, and awards, including a Barakat Trust Publication Grant for Reframing the Alhambra: Architecture, Poetry, Textiles, and Court Ceremonial (forthcoming); guest scholar positions, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz-Max-Planck-Institut; scholar-in-residence, Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation; Sylvan C. Coleman and Pamela Coleman Art History Fellowship and Hagop Kevorkian Curatorial Fellowship, Department of Islamic Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Society of Architectural Historians’ Scott Opler Award for Emerging Scholars. Articles and book chapters have appeared in Gesta, where she is a member of the editorial board; Visualizing Otherness in Modern Italy (XIX-XX century); Textile Terms: A Glossary; Islamic Architecture on the Move: Motion and Modernity; International Journal of Islamic Architecture; And Diverse Are Their Hues: Color in Islamic Art and Culture; and Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, among others. At Bard since 2017.