Renata Holod is College of Women Class of 1963 Term Professor in the Humanities at the History of Art Department, and Curator, Near East Section of the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has carried out archaeological and architectural fieldwork in Syria, Iran, Morocco, Turkey, Central Asia, Tunisia, and Ukraine. She was the Convenor of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. She is co-author and co-editor of The Mosque and the Modern World (1997) and An Island Through Time: Jerba Studies (2009) and the two-volume The City in the Islamic World (2008). Her most current project is a collaborative study of Chungul Kurgan, a Qipchaq tumulus in the Black Sea steppe.