Steering committee member

Dr. Leslee Michelsen is Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design in Honolulu, Hawaii - part of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. She specialises in the art and archaeology of medieval Central Asia, as well as contemporary art and making from Western, Central, and South Asia. She is interested in cultural heritage management, the political and social uses of archaeology, and the role of gender in the exhibition and interpretation of historic and contemporary visual and material culture.

                                Research Interests

Art and archaeology of Central Asia; contemporary art and making; ceramics; glass; politics and archaeology; gender; cultural heritage


Michelsen, Leslee Katrina. “A ‘Layered Lens” on the Arts of the Islamic World in the Contemporary Pacific”. In Onur Ozturk and Sam Bowker (eds.), Deconstructing the Myths of Islamic Art. Oxford: Routledge, 2022 (in press).

Michelsen, Leslee Katrina. “Curating the ‘Islamic’: The Personal and the Political”. International Journal of Islamic Architecture 10:1 (2021), pp. 127-136.

Michelsen, Leslee Katrina. “Jali”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Three, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun, Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson, 2020.

Michelsen, Leslee Katrina and Stefan Masarovic. “Collaborative Investigations of a Monumental Seljuq Stucco Panel”. In Sheila Canby, Deniz Beyazit, and Martina Rugiadi (eds.), The Seljuqs and their Successors: Art, Culture, History. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2020 (pp. 228 - 244).

Michelsen, Leslee Katrina. “Architecture in Iran and Central Asia 650 – 1250 CE”. In Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture (21st edition). Royal Institute of British Architects, London: Bloomsbury Press, 2019 (pp. 558-578).

Dobbin, Claire and Leslee Katrina Michelsen, “Engaging the Olfactory: Scent in the Arts, Cultures, and Museums of the Islamic World”, in The Senses from Antiquity to the Renaissance. Oxford: Routledge, 2018, pp. 107-134.

Michelsen, Leslee. “Lājvard and Fīrūzeh: The Color Blue in the Ceramics of Medieval Iran and Central Asia,” in Yuka Kadoi (ed.), The Blue Road: Mastercrafts from Persia. Hong Kong: Liang Yi Museum, 2018, pp. 22-33.

Michelsen, L.K. and Timothy M. Penn, “Late Antique Glass from Qaratepe (Barda Rayon), Azerbaijan,” Journal of Glass Studies 58 (2017), pp. 16-21.

Michelsen, Leslee Katrina and Johanna Olafsdotter. “Telling Tales: Investigating a Mina’i Bowl”. In Roxburgh, David (ed.), Seeing the Past—Envisioning Islamic Art and Architecture: Essays in Honor of Renata Holod. Leiden: Brill, 2014, pp. 66 - 87.

Michelsen, Leslee Katrina and Marc Pelletreau, Ferozkoh: Tradition and Continuity in Afghan Art. Doha: Bloomsbury Press, 2013.