Unit Team

D. Fairchild Ruggles

D. Fairchild Ruggles, Director

Office: 100B English
Email: dfr1@illinois.edu

An historian of Islamic art and architecture, Dr. Ruggles’ research examines the medieval landscape of Islamic Spain and South Asia and the complex interrelationship of Islamic culture with Christianity, Judaism, and Hinduism and the precise ways that religion and culture are often conflated in the study of these. She is the author of two award-winning books on gardens: Gardens, Landscape, and Vision in the Palaces of Islamic Spain (2000), and Islamic Gardens and Landscapes (2008). Additionally she has edited or co-edited numerous works, including Women, Patronage, and Self-Representation in Islamic Societies (2000), the award-winning Sites Unseen: Landscape and Vision (2007), Cultural Heritage and Human Rights (2007), Intangible Heritage Embodied (2009), On Location (2012), and Islamic Art and Visual Culture: An Anthology of Sources (2011).


Ashli Anda

Ashli Anda, Graduate Assistant

Office: 100 English
Email: unitra.ashli@gmail.com

Ashli Anda is a PhD candidate in Philosophy and works on legal and political philosophy with an emphasis on punishment.


Taisuke Wakabayashi, Graduate Assistant

Wakabayashi, headshot

Office: 100 English
Email: twakaba2@illinois.edu

Taisuke Wakabayashi is a PhD student in Landscape Architecture, looking to study commemorative landscape and architecture.