Loyola University Chicago

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Faculty and Staff Directory

Sarita Heer, Ph.D.

Title/s:  Lecturer of Fine Arts in Art History

Office #:  Mundelein 918A

Phone: 773.508.2680



Dr. Sarita K. Heer completed her Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014, and is an Instructor of Art History in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Her area of expertise is India, 1850-Present. Her dissertation is titled “Re-Imaging Indian Womanhood: The Multiple Mythologies of Phoolan Devi.” Dr. Heer teaches a variety of survey courses as well as upper-level courses focused on Indian and Islamic Art.


Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago
M.A., Case Western Reserve University
B.A., Baldwin-Wallace College

Research Interests

Her current research is focused on Phoolan Devi, India’s Bandit Queen, and how she represents a new model of Indian womanhood for the late 20th-early 21st centuries.