Emma Stein

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South Asian Art

Emma Natalya Stein’s research focuses on architecture, urbanism, and the construction and renewal of sacred space in medieval South India. She currently holds a fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies and is in Tamil Nadu conducting dissertation fieldwork. Her longstanding interest in South and Southeast Asia has brought her not only to the great temple-cities in India, but also into tropical wilderness areas in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar, where sacred architecture and the natural landscape are deeply enmeshed. Before entering Yale, Emma was a professional Martha Graham dancer for ten years in New York.  Her dissertation is titled: “All Streets Lead to Temples: Mapping Monumental Histories in Kanchipuram, ca. 690-1199 AD.”