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Aishwarya Lakshmi earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2007. She specializes in nineteenth century British India with a focus on landscape aesthetics. She has published articles in the Feminist Review, Economic and Political Weekly, and Biblio. She is currently working on the use of the picturesque in early nineteenth century India, its shift in the mid-century from a surface aesthetic to an aesthetic of depth, and how this dovetails with Indian landscape art production. Her other research and teaching interests include nineteenth and twentieth century Indian "high" and popular art, Indian cinema (especially as it intersects with popular art), and postcolonial theory and literature.