Jennifer L. Shaw


PhD 1994. Jennifer L. Shaw is author of Exist Otherwise: The Life and Work of Claude Cahun, Reaktion Books, London, 2017; Reading Claude Cahun’s Disavowals, Routledge, 2013; and Dream States: Puvis de Chavannes, Modernism and the Fantasy of France, Yale University Press, 2002. She is Professor of Art History at Sonoma State University.
In February 2018, she was invited to Paris as an expert in French art for the Getty funded program “Entangled Modernisms: Chinese Artists Trained in Europe.” In May and June 2018, Jennifer spent a month at the ArtsIceland writers residency in Isafjordur where she completed a draft of her first novel.
Jennifer has been happily married to John Arnold for 30 years. Their children William and Emily are 19 and 21 as of 2018. They both attend UC Berkeley, but they are not art history majors.