Elham Etemadi is an Associate Professor at Foreign Studies College of Hunan Normal University. She did her PhD in Art History at the University of Leuven, and her MA in Advanced Art Studies at the University of Tehran. She is currently finalizing her first manuscript studying the royal 6-volume illustrated version of The Thousand and One Nights produced in the nineteenth century by Sani’ al-Molk, the pioneering and prolific Persian painter. Her research is positioned at the intersections of iconology, book illustration, comparative (visual) narrative, gender representation and its historical transformation, cultural sociology (particularly modern pop art), and Persian Arts of the early-modern and modern eras. She was an Erasmus Visiting Scholar at University of Pitesti (2019), and was awarded the Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation (IRO) full PhD fellowship at University of Leuven (2011-2015), as well as a travel and conference grant to present her research at Stanford University (2011).