Alex Dika Seggerman is Assistant Professor of Islamic Art History. Dr. Seggerman received her Ph.D. from Yale University in the History of Art in 2014. Prior to joining the Rutgers-Newark faculty in 2018, she held postdoctoral fellowships at Smith College, Hampshire College, and Yale University.
Dr. Seggerman’s scholarship investigates the intersection of Islam and modernism in art history. This includes archival research on modern Middle Eastern art movements, as well as an examination of how Islamic art history is a product of the modern era. Moreover, her research contributes to the growing field of global modernisms, diversifying narratives of twentieth-century art. Dr. Seggerman has published articles on modern Egyptian sculptor Mahmoud Mukhtar (World Art, 2014) and Egyptian Surrealism (Dada/Surrealism, 2013).
Her first book, Modernism on the Nile: Art in Egypt between the Islamic and the Contemporary, traces the arc of Egyptian modernism in art, arguing that artists confronted and visualized the transnational context of their circulation.
She recently co-chaired a conference, Making Modernity in 19th Century Islamic Art and Architecture, that repositioned the major changes in nineteenth century Islamic art as the result of technological and market shifts. She is co-editing a volume currently based on the proceedings, which will include her essay on the impact of reproducible image technologies on Cairo’s Muhammad Ali Mosque (1838-48). Her second major research project examines the markets for Middle Eastern art objects, using financial data stretching back to the eighteenth century to document how the economies for Middle Eastern art objects significantly shaped the discipline.
Her work has been supported by the American Research Center in Egypt, the Barakat Foundation, the Sams Fund at Smith College, and the Grabar Postdoctoral Grant from the Historians of Islamic Art Association.
Professor Seggerman teaches courses on the art and architecture of the Islamic world, global modern and contemporary art, and the representations of gender and sexuality in and of the modern Middle East.
PhD, Yale University
BA, Columbia University
Modernism on the Nile
Art in Egypt between the Islamic and the Contemporary
By Alex Dika Seggerman