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Jennifer L. Shaw is a writer, educator, and Professor of Art History in the Department of Art and Art History at Sonoma State University. She received her PhD from University of California, Berkeley and her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.


Jennifer was born in San Francisco. She has lived in London and Paris, but the SF Bay Area, where she currently resides, will always be her home. 

Jennifer recently completed her first novel which is represented by Sarah Bedingfield of Levine, Greenberg, Rostan Literary Agency, New York.



  • Exist Otherwise:  The Life and Works of Claude Cahun, Reaktion Books, London, U.K., May 2017

  • Reading Claude Cahun’s Disavowals, Ashgate/Routledge, December, 2013.

  • Paris and the Countryside:  Modern Life in Late-19th-Century France, (with Gabriel P. Weisberg) Portland Museum of Art, Portland ME, 2006.

  • Dream States: Puvis de Chavannes, Modernism and the Fantasy of France, Yale University Press, March, 2002. 


Articles and Reviews

  • “The Figure of Venus:  Rhetoric of the Ideal from Cabanel to Claude Cahun,” in Venus as Muse from Lucretius to Michel Serres, Rodopi, 2015.

  • “Neonarcissism” in *Nierika* (Mexico City: Universidad Iberoamericana), "La Política Visual del Narcisismo: estudios de casos," Vol. 2, no. 2, May 31, 2013, 19-26.

  •  “Deconstructing Girlhood:  Claude Cahun’s ‘Sophie la Symboliste,’ in Working Girls:  Women’s Cultural Production During the Interwar Years, ed. Paula Birnbaum and Edwin Mellen Press, 2009.

  • “Narcissus and the Magic Mirror” in Don’t Kiss Me:  The Art of Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, ed. Louise Downie, Tate Publishing, 2006.

  • “Symbolism in Literature, the Visual Arts, and Music,” in New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, ed. Maryanne Cline Horowitz, Charles Scribner Sons, 2005.

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