Sussan Babaie is a lecturer at The Courtauld Institute of Art where she teaches courses on the arts of Iran and Islam. Her research and teaching concern questions of imperialism and artistic patronage in Persianate West, Central, and South Asia, where high culture derived from the literary corpus of the Persian language. Prior to her arrival at Courtauld, Babaie taught at Smith College, the University of Michigan, and served as a visiting professor for the Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Ludwig Maximilian University, in Munich. Babaie received her education at various institutions such as: Tehran University (BA), American University (MA), and the Institute of Fine Arts (PhD).
She has published numerous book, chapters, and articles amongst which include: Persian Kingship and Architecture: Strategies of Power in Iran from the Achaemenids to the Pahlavis, London: I. B. Tauris, (co-edited with Talinn Grigor); Shirin Neshat, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Michigan, 2013 (co-author); Isfahan and its Palaces: Statecraft, Shi‘ism and the Architecture of Conviviality in Early Modern Iran (Edinburgh Press); Slaves of the Shah: New Elites of Safavid Iran, London: I. B. Tauris, 2004 (co-author & co-editor with Kathryn Babayan, Ina Baghdiantz-McCabe and Massumeh Farhad); Persian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989 (co-author with Marie Lukens Swietochowski).