Molly E. Emma Aitken

Chairperson, Associate Professor

Main Affiliation



Compton - Goethals Hall





Molly E. Emma Aitken


Molly Emma Aitken is a specialist in Asian art history, in particular the arts of South Asia. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2001 with a concentration on the art of South Asia. She has curated traveling exhibitions on South Asian jewelry and contemporary folk quilts, and has published numerous articles on Mughal and Rajput painting. Aitken received CAA's Charles Rufus Morey book award in 2011 and the AAS Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize in 2012 for her book The Intelligence of Tradition in Rajput Court Painting (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010.) She is currently working with Prof. Allison Busch (Columbia University) on a book about classical Indic ideals of eros in the poetry and painting of Mughal India. The project was funded by an ACLS collaborative grant in 2015-16.