Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, PhD

... is Associate Professor of History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Shaw received her PhD from Stanford and was an assistant professor at Harvard for five years before coming to the University of Pennsylvania in 2005.  She is the Visual Arts Editor of Transition and an independent curator. In the past decade she has mounted exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Arthur Ross Gallery, and Penn's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.  She has also partnered with numerous institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Barnes Foundation, and the St. Louis Art Museum, to develop and implement numerous public programs and scholarly events.  She is currently working with the National Portrait Gallery on an exhibition on issues of race and portraiture.

Dr. Shaw gives public lectures several times a year at conferences, museums, and universities.


In Spring of 2014 Dr. Shaw received the Award for Innovation in Teaching from the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.  For more information about this important honor, click here.

In November of 2015 Dr. Shaw will host a Penn Alumni Travel trip to Cuba.  For more information click here.