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).
1991, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, PhD
1987, University of Leicester, United Kingdom, BA History of Art
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
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
Sheldon JL. '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. 'In her own metier': the Quarterly review of Jane Eyre Women's History Review, Volume 18 :835-847 DOI
Sheldon J, Dalal-Clayton A. 2019. 'A Dissident View': Bluecoat Exhibitions, 1967-2005 Biggs B, Belchem J. Bluecoat 300 Liverpool University Press
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
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 9780415281942
Meecham P, Sheldon J. Modern art 9780415172356
Sheldon J. Eastlake, Lady Elizabeth (Elizabeth Rigby) Scholl L. The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women's Writing, DOI
Engagement & Impact
Membership of professional bodies:
Executive member, UK Council for Graduate Education, http://www.ukcge.ac.uk/. 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
Inaugural Graduate School PGR Conference 2016. 2016
Research Grants Awarded:
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
VC Award for Research Excellence. 2014
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.