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Prof Julie Sheldon

Doctoral Academy

Student and Academic Services Division

I am Dean of the Doctoral Academy at Liverpool John Moores University, responsible for directing the provision for doctoral research, which includes developing pathways and structures to support excellence in postgraduate research.
I am also Professor of Art History with interests in the history of exhibitions and the critical reception of works of art in the UK and USA in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I have supervised PhDs on a number of topics, including exhibition cultures, modernism, patronage, curatorial research, art writing, and histories of art practice.
I serve on the Executive Committee of the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE), and I Honorary Secretary since February 2021. I am also a co-investigator on the OfS/Research England-funded EDEPI project to widen participation in postgraduate research.


1991, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, PhD
1987, University of Leicester, United Kingdom, BA History of Art

Academic appointments

Dean of the Doctoral Academy, Academic Registry, Liverpool John Moores University, 2015 - present
Associate Dean (Research, Scholarship and Knowledge Transfer), Faculty of Arts Professional and Social Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 2014 - 2017


Smith McGloin R, Russell L, Gower O, Khan B, Sheldon J. 2024. Postgraduate Researcher Admissions Report Postgraduate Researcher Admissions Report Publisher Url


Sheldon J, Smith McGloin R, Foster S. 2024. Postgraduate Researcher Competency-Based Admissions Framework. DOI

Sheldon J. Eastlake, Lady Elizabeth (Elizabeth Rigby) Scholl L. The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women's Writing, DOI Publisher Url

Books (edited)

2021. Online Communities for Doctoral Researchers and their Supervisors: Building Engagement with Social Media Sheldon J, Sheppard V. Taylor and Francis. Abingdon and New York 9780367224097

2016. The Della Robbia Pottery: From Renaissance to Regent Street Sheldon JL. Liverpool University Press. Liverpool 978-1781382738 Publisher Url

2014. Ford Madox Brown and the Victorian Imagination Sheldon JL, Trodd C. Taylor and Francis


Sheldon J, Sheppard V. 2021. It started with a Tweet: how doctoral researchers become social media savvy Sheldon J, Sheppard V. Online Communities for Doctoral Researchers and their Supervisors: Building Engagement with Social Media :38-49 Taylor and Francis

Sheldon J, Dalal-Clayton A. 2020. 'A Dissident View': Bluecoat Exhibitions, 1967-2005 Biggs B, Belchem J. Bluecoat, Liverpool: The UK's First Arts Centre :144-173 Liverpool University Press 978-1-789-62163-1

Sheldon J. 2019. Eastlake, Lady Elizabeth [Elizabeth Rigby] Scholl L. The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women's Writing Palgrave Macmillan. Cham 978-3-030-02721-6 DOI Publisher Url

Sheldon JL. 2018. Picturing the Installation Shot Meecham PJ. A Companion to Modern Art :127-144 Wiley Blackwell 978-1-118-63984-9 Publisher Url

Sheldon JL. 2016. 'Inspired by the Italian Originals': Rathbone and the Della Robbia Pottery Sheldon JL. The Della Robbia Pottery: From Renaissance to Regent Street :55-72 Liverpool University Press 978-1-78138-273-8

Sheldon JL. 2012. 'His Best Successor': Lady Eastlake and the National Gallery Hill K. Museums and Biographies: Stories, Objects, Identities :61-74 Boydell Press 9781843837275

Journal article

Meecham P, Sheldon JL. 2019. American Art under Norman Reid, 1964–79 Modern American Art at Tate 1945–1980, Publisher Url Public Url

Sheldon J. 2019. Lady Eastlake and the Characteristics of the Old Masters Avery-Quash S, Fraser H. 19 : Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Sheldon JL, Trodd C. 2014. Introduction to 'Ford Madox Brown and the Victorian Imagination’ Visual Culture in Britain, 15 :227-238 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Sheldon JL. 2013. 'The Pencil is the Child of My Heart'. A Rediscovered Album of Drawings by Elizabeth Rigby, Lady Eastlake British Art Journal, XIV :45-63

Sheldon JL. 2009. 'In her own metier': the Quarterly review of Jane Eyre Women's History Review, Volume 18 :835-847 DOI

Sheldon JL. 2007. ‘Elizabeth Rigby and the Calotypes of Hill and Adamson: Correspondence from the John Murray Archive, 1843-1880’ Studies in Photography, :42-48

Books (authored)

Avery-quash S, Sheldon J. 2011. Art for the Nation - the Eastlakes and the Victorian Art World National Gallery Company and Yale University Press. London 9781857095074

Sheldon J. 2009. The Letters of Elizabeth Rigby, Lady Eastlake Liverpool Univ Pr 9781846311949

Biggs B, Sheldon J. 2009. Art in a City Revisited Liverpool Univ Pr 9781846310836

Meecham P, Sheldon J. 2008. Making American Art Routledge 9780415420709

Meecham P, Sheldon J. 2004. Modern Art: A Critical Introduction 9780415281942

Meecham P, Sheldon J. 2000. Modern Art: A Critical Introduction 9780415172356

Book review

Research Grants Awarded:

Research England and the Office for Students, Equity in Doctoral Education through Partnership and Innovation (EDEPI), Rebekah Smith-McGloin, Nottingham Trent University (PI) Douglas Cleaver, Sheffield Hallam University (Co-I), Grant value (£): 704,000.00, Duration of research project: 4 years. 2021

Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, Della Robbia Pottery: From Renaissance to Regent Street, Colin Simpson, Principal Curator, Williamson Art Gallery, Grant value (£): 1,800. 2014

AHRC, Cultural Value of Socially Embedded Art Works, Dr Nedim Hassan, LJMU, Grant value (£): 20,000, Duration of research project: 9 months. 2013

AHRC, From Renaissance to Regent Street: Della Robbia Pottery in Late Victorian Culture, Williamson Art Gallery Birkenhead, Grant value (£): 54,405, Duration of research project: 4 years. 2011

Membership of professional bodies:

Honorary Secretary, UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE), 2021

Executive member, UK Council for Graduate Education, 2018

External PGR examinations performed:

University of Hull, PhD, A Class Act: Grayson Perry and Class. 2016

University of London, PhD. 2013

University of London, PhD. 2012

Institute of Education, PhD. 2012

University of London, PhD. 2011

University of London, PhD. 2009

Kingston University, PhD. 2009

University of New South Wales, PhD. 2008

University of London, PhD. 2008

University of Liverpool, PhD. 2008

University of London, PhD. 2006

Edith Cowan University, PhD. 2006

University of London, PhD. 2004

Conference organisation:

Inaugural Graduate School PGR Conference 2016. 2016


VC Award for Research Excellence. 2014

Teaching qualification:

FHEA. 2013

Other Professional Activity:

External Panellist for Periodic Review of Research Degree Regulations, Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2018.

External Panellist, Validation of MA Art History and Art, Christie's Education 2018.

External Quality Assessor for REF review, UoA32 Newcastle University.