International Advisory Board
Shearer West is Head of the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford. She was formerly Professor of Art History at the University of Birmingham and from 2008-11 seconded to the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to be Director of Research. She has published nine authored and edited books on aspects of eighteenth-, nineteenth- and twentieth-century European art, and many peer-reviewed essays and articles, including prize-winning publications.
Her specialist area is the history of portraiture. She has had two visiting Fellowships at Yale University, served on the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise sub-panel for History of Art, Architecture and Design, and has acted as a teaching assessor for the QAA. She came to the AHRC after four years as Head of the School of Historical Studies, then Acting Head of the College of Arts and Law, at the University of Birmingham. Her AHRC role included overseeing the strategic direction arts and humanities research programmes, including knowledge transfer, and she has a number of international roles, including chairing the Joint Research Programmes for the European Humanities network (HERA). She was also chair of the Research Directors' Group, which included Research and Science Directors across all of the Research Councils UK.