Anne-Lise Tropato has a PhD in art history. She works at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD, United Arab Emirates) as a Humanities research and teaching fellow for the Arab world. Her main research interests focus on the artistic and cultural history of falconry; it investigates what our human relationship with birds of prey across time and culture reveals about the understanding and the definition of ourselves, our civilizations and our aspirations across a range of ethnic, religious, historical, and geographical differences. She created an academic interdisciplinary course for the cross-cultural exploration and analysis of falconry, which she teaches at NYUAD. She has also published on topics such as intellectual and cultural international relationships in Early Modern times, trans-frontier transmission of artistic models, the analysis of serial imagery, the history of visual imagery, and the history of great collections and collectors.