Deepthi Murali is a third year PhD student in the Department of Art History. She has a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Bangalore University, India. In the academic year 2014-15, Deepthi is reading for her qualifying exams, learning early modern Dutch to assist in her archival research, and working on her dissertation prospectus. Her dissertation research project looks at issues of cross-cultural artistic encounters in south India, particularly focusing on luxury objects that, she argues, were important visual interlocutors in courtly engagements. Recently, she has been the recipient of the UIC Provost’s Award and Chicago Consular Corps fellowship. Deepthi is also a teaching assistant for Art History survey courses in the department.