Ariana Maki earned her Ph.D. in Buddhist and Himalayan art history, which is the core of her teaching and research. Ariana is particularly interested in the intersections of art, text, and lived practices. She is Associate Director of the University of Virginia’s Tibet Center and Bhutan Initiative, where her work includes digital humanities projects, cultural preservation initiatives, and working closely with Tibetan and Himalayan populations. She worked with the National Museum of Bhutan (2009–11) and has maintained an ongoing affiliation with Bhutan’s National Library and Archives since 2012. Ariana served as the U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Bhutan (2019-20).