Dr Fiona Buckee has a First-Class BA in Philosophy and an MA with Distinction in Comparative Religion from Manchester University, and a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction in Asian Art from the British Museum. She completed her PhD in Indian Temple Architecture in 2010 at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Dr Buckee teaches a broad range of South Asian art subjects at graduate and postgraduate levels, with lecture topics covering sculpture and architecture from across the Indian subcontinent from 2500 BCE – 1800 CE. She has taught at The British Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum and Sotheby’s Institute since 2004, and from 2007 - 2019 was a regular Convenor of and core lecturer for the Indian Art Module of SOAS Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art. In 2010/11 she was a Senior Teaching Fellow in South Asian Art at SOAS, and in 2015/16 she was Lecturer in South Asian Art and Architecture at SOAS, on both occasions teaching BA and MA courses, and overseeing Independent Study Projects. The titles of her taught modules have included: ‘The Indian Temple’ (MA); ‘Directed Reading in Indian Art’ (MA); ‘Early Indian Art’ (BA); ‘Hindu Art and Architecture’ (BA), ‘Arts of South and Southeast Asia’ (co-teaching, BA).
From 2012 – 2018, Dr Buckee was a Research Associate in the Art and Archaeology Department at SOAS, before joining the Department of History, Archaeology and Religions at Cardiff University as an Honorary Research Fellow in 2020. Her research interests lie in the formalistic analysis of Indian temple architecture. She has published on subjects including the design of Latina temple spires and Temple 45 at Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh, and the dating and history of the Mundeshvari Temple in southwest Bihar. She is currently completing a second article about the temples from Mundeshvari which provides an account and analysis of the sixth and seventh century fragments from the hilltop along with a more general discussion of temple architecture during this period.
Between 2009 – 2011 Dr Buckee was an Associate Editor for the journal South Asian Studies, one of the two academic journals of the British Association for South Asian Studies. She was also an Executive Board Member of KINOE, (Kids in Need of Education), a UK registered charity that works to educate disadvantaged children in India and Nepal from 2014 - 2019. She is now Director of Arts Education for KINOE, organising Asian Art lectures and gallery visits with all profits going to the charity.