Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh
Fellow: Awarded 2020
Field of Study: Fine Arts Research
Competition: US & Canada
Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh is Professor of Art History at the University of California, Davis. She researches the visual cultures of the Middle East, including architectural preservation and cultural heritage. She previously was the Aga Khan Career Development Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her first book, The Image of an Ottoman City: Architecture in Aleppo, received the Spiro Kostof Book Award from the Society of Architectural Historians in 2006. Her second book, The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript, from Genocide to Justice (Stanford University Press) was a co-winner of the Society for Armenian Studies Book Award in 2019. Her articles have been published in The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, The International Journal of Middle East Studies, The Art Bulletin, Los Angeles Times, and have won the Best Article Prize from the Syrian Studies Association, and the Omer Lutfi Barkan Article Prize from the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the J. Paul Getty Trust, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright-Hays, Social Science Research Council, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, and the President of the University of California.