Elena Paskaleva (PhD 2010, Leiden) works on Timurid architecture. At present she is a post-doctoral researcher on Central Asia at Leiden University. In 2014 she was an associate at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University. Her research focuses on the history and socio-political importance of Timurid architectural heritage in present-day Uzbekistan. Her latest interests involve architectural heritage along the Silk Roads.

Coordinator Asian Heritages 
As of 1 September 2015, Elena is the coordinator of the Asian heritages cluster at IIAS. In this function she is coordinating the development of the Double Degree in Critical Heritage Studies of Asia and Europe of Asia and Europe, involving IIAS, Leiden University and various Asian partner universities. At Leiden University she teaches the course Critical Approaches to Heritages Studies, and acts as the supervisor of the focus on heritage studies within the MA Asian studies.    

Affiliated fellow
Elena was an affiliated fellow at IIAS from from September 2012 to September 2014 researching the architecture of the Timurid kosh. She has authored three articles in The Newsletter.  
See: Elena Paskaleva (fellow/alumnus profile).