The Library at UC Santa Barbara is pleased to present books from the collection of Ms. Sara Miller McCune H ’05. Sara is the founder and current Executive Chair of SAGE Publications, Inc., co-founder of Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd, and president of the McCune Foundation. With her husband George D. McCune, Sara built SAGE into a leading international independent publisher of books and journals. In 2007, she founded the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy that publishes the award-winning print and online magazine Pacific Standard.
From 1994-2009, Sara served as a UCSB Foundation Board Trustee. She is a leading supporter and philanthropist as exemplified across campus. Additionally, Sara is a long-serving member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and in January, 2012 she joined the Board of Directors of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. The University Library would like to thank Sara for her generosity and for loaning books from her exceptional collection on the history of India to Special Collections for this exhibition.
Mira Rai Waits is a Ph.D. student in History of Art and Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She earned her MA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2009. Her master's thesis examined fingerprinting and photography in nineteenth century India. In 2008 she interned with both the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Hammer Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also the editorial assistant for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. Her current research examines the visual economy of the colonial prison in nineteenth century India. Mira is under the advisement of Professor Swati Chattopadhyay.
Swati Chattopadhyay is an architect and architectural historian specializing in modern architecture and urbanism, and the cultural landscape of British colonialism. She is interested in the ties between colonialism and modernism, and in the spatial aspects of race, gender, and ethnicity in modern cities that are capable of enriching post-colonial and critical theory. Her awards include a National Science Foundation Grant, two grants from the American Institute of Indian Studies, a J. Paul Getty Fellowship, a Fellowship from the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from Queen Mary, University of London, and the Society of Architectural Historian's Founder's Award. She has served as a director of the Subaltern-Popular Workshop, a University of California Multi-campus Research Group, and is the current editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH). She has also co-edited a special issue of PostColonial Studies (Nov 2005) focusing on "the subaltern and the popular," and guest-edited a special section of Urban History (Feb 2012), titled, "Suburbs in India." She is the author of Representing Calcutta: Modernity, Nationalism, and the Colonial Uncanny (Routledge, 2005; paperback 2006), and Unlearning the City: Infrastructure in a New Optical Field (Minnesota, 2012). Her current work includes a new book project, "Nature's Infrastructure," dealing with the infrastructural transformation of the Gangetic Plains between the 17th and 19th centuries.
Special thanks also to:
Dr. E. Bruce Robertson, Director, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara
Mehmet Dogu, Exhibition Designer, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara