Professor Jane Shaw is Principal of Harris Manchester College, Professor of the History of Religion and a Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford.
Professor Shaw is an historian, whose research and writing cover a number of areas: modern religion; the arts; gender; and the impact of technology on society. She is the author of several books, including Miracles in Enlightenment England (Yale 2006) and Octavia, Daughter of God: the Story of a Female Messiah and her Followers (Jonathan Cape and Yale, 2011). She is currently writing a book about spirituality and religion in the early twentieth century, and is also co-writing a book on the arts and social change with the actress and playwright, Anna Deavere Smith, with whom she has collaborated on a number of projects. Professor Shaw is a member of two research teams for projects based at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University: one on the new moral economy and artificial intelligence, and the other on the iGeneration (18 – 22 year olds), their values and use of technology. She serves on the advisory board for Stanford University Libraries.
Before coming to Harris Manchester College, she was Professor of Religious Studies and Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University, and before that Dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Prior to that she taught at the University of Oxford for sixteen years.