Sanchita Balachandran joined the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum as Curator/Conservator in July 2010. She pursued her graduate work in art conservation and art history at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and has completed projects at several museums including the Smithsonian Institution, the Harvard Art Museums, the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. Balachandran has also been actively involved in site projects in Egypt, Cambodia, Tunisia, Italy and India. In 2009-2010, she spent eight months in India under the auspices of a Fulbright award researching the history and conservation of medieval south Indian bronze sculptures.
At Hopkins, she teaches undergraduate courses such as “Introduction to Museum Practice”, and “Critical Issues in Art Conservation”. Balachandran has also taught graduate students at the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, and Morgan State University. Publications include articles in the International Journal of Cultural Property, Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, and Archaeology Magazine, as well as inclusions in edited volumes on the ethics and practice of conservation on field excavations.
Sanchita Balachandran is the director of Untold Stories, a non-profit organization that pursues an art conservation profession which represents and preserves a fuller spectrum of human cultural heritage.