- Times: 14th to 16th centuries
- Regions: Egypt; Indian Ocean; South Asia
- Themes: Architectural History; History of Art and Architecture; Maritime Humanities
Ayesha U. Shaikh’s research interests pertain to Indian Ocean and Red Sea material and cross-cultural interactions between Gujarat and Egypt during the 13th through 16th centuries. Prior to attending Harvard, she was a research fellow at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin and held a graduate internship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York where she researched Indo-Egyptian textile fragments. Ayesha holds a Bachelor’s in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley (2017) and a Master’s in Architecture Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2020).