Christiane Gruber is Associate Professor of Islamic Art in the History of Art Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research focuses on depictions of the Prophet Muhammad and Islamic ascension texts and images, about which she has written two books and edited a volume of articles. She recently finished her third book entitled The Praiseworthy One: The Prophet Muhammad in Islamic Texts and Images (2018). Gruber also pursues research in Islamic book arts, paintings, and codicology, having authored the online catalogue of Islamic calligraphies in the Library of Congress as well as edited the volume of articles entitled The Islamic Manuscript Tradition. Her research has been supported by a number of grants, including the Guggenheim Foundation, Max-Planck Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Research Institute in Turkey, the American Institute of Iranian Studies, the American Research Center in Egypt, and Fulbright-Hays.