Alex Dika Seggerman is assistant professor of Islamic art history in the Arts, Culture and Media department. Her work investigates the intersection of Islam and modernity in art history. Her first monograph, Modernism on the Nile: Art in Egypt between the Islamic and the Contemporary (UNC Press 2019), explored the modern fine arts movement in Egypt (c. 1880-1965), arguing that artists acknowledged the Islamicate context of modern Egypt, but they refused to be defined only by religion. Her next project will investigate the long history of art and Islam in the United States, from 1619 until today. These projects question and expand the boundaries of subfields of art history, namely Modern art, Islamic art, and American art history. With the working group, she hopes to enrich and expand the intellectual community at RU-N.