Prof. Karen Shelby

Karen Shelby


Phone: 646 312-4069

Location: VC 7-226


Karen Shelby is an Associate Professor of Art History at Baruch College, City College of New York. She served as Interim Director or the Graduate Program in Arts Administration for the 2017/2018 academic year. She was a Visiting Professor at the Universiteit Gent for Fall 2015 sponsored by a Fulbright/Terra Foundation of American Art Fellowship, and, in 2017, Visiting Professor at KASK (The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Gent), for a Master class on art and the Great War. She is currently listed on the Fulbright Specialist Roster (2016 - 2021). Dr. Shelby holds an M.A. from The Ohio State University with a concentration in Southeast Asian Art and Architecture and a Ph.D. from the Graduate and University Center of the City College of New York.

Her research focuses on the visual culture of the Great War with an emphasis on the memory of the conflict in Belgium, specifically Flemish nationalism. In her publications she addresses the cultural politics of exhibition narratives of the war in museums along the Western Front; memorials and cemetery design; and the role of pilgrimage in First World War mourning practice. Her publications include Flemish Nationalism and the Great War: The Politics of Memory, Visual Culture and Commemoration (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and Belgian Museums of the Great War: Politics, Memory, and Commerce (Routledge, 2016). Additional publications, conference presentations, and public talks are listed on her CV. She has also contributed several essays to, an open education resource for art history, including The Lion Capital of Sarnath, Buddhist Monasteries, The Pillars of Ashoka, and The Stupa.

She teaches the survey courses in art history as well as upper level courses in Nineteenth Century; Twentieth Century; Contemporary Art; Museum and Gallery Studies; Histories of Photography; Asian Art; and graduate courses for the Graduate Program in Arts Administration. During January term, she leads a study abroad course to Flanders, Belgium. She was the 2011/2012 recipient of the Whiting Award for Excellence in Teaching. She, along with fellow founder and collaborator, Michelle Millar Fisher, is Dean of Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR), a peer-populated platform for art history instructors. AHTR is funded by two Baruch Learning and Technology Grants, two Kress Foundation Grants, a GC DSC Knowledge Grant, and CUNY OER Development Grant. In 2016, AHTR launched Art History Pedagogy and Practice (AHPP), an e-journal devoted to scholarship of teaching and learning in art history in order to build an open-access platform to advance, collect, disseminate, and foster academic consideration of pedagogical practice and its scholarly value.

The City University of New York