Sanchita Balachandran

Sanchita Balachandran is the Curator/Conservator of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum and Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Studies.   She teaches courses related to the identification and analysis of ancient manufacturing techniques of objects, as well as the history, ethics and practice of museum conservation and curation.   A recent course (Spring 2015) involved recreating ancient Greek pottery based on examples in the museum’s collection.  Other courses include Egyptian Funerary Arts in the Archaeological Museum (co-taught with Betsy Bryan); Examining Archaeological Objects; Global Perspectives on the Museum (co-taught with Elizabeth Rodini); Critical Issues in Art Conservation, and Introduction to Museum Practice.  Balachandran’s research interests include the history of museum collections and their conservation.  Her current project looks at the history of metals conservation in India, and examining the technical, political and social dimensions of conservation science in colonial India. She completed her graduate work in art history and art conservation at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.