Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, PhD

... is Associate Professor of History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. In July of 2019 she will become the Senior Historian at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. In this role, she will serve as the Director of Research, Publications, and Scholarly Programs for the gallery. For more information, please see the press release at this link.

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.  In the past decade she has helped mount exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, 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, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, and the St. Louis Art Museum, to develop and implement numerous exhibitions, public programs, and other scholarly events.