The Middle East must no longer be defined through the lens of decolonization and the agendas of perpetrators.
Trinidad Rico is an associate professor and the director of Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies in the department of art history at Rutgers University. She is an archaeologist who studies cultural-preservation practices and expertise in various non-European contexts. She is the recipient of an ACLS Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars and the author of the forthcoming volume Global Heritage, Religion, and Secularism, which she completed at CASBS. (Author photograph by Ernesto Chávez)