BA, University of York
MA, University College London
PhD, University College London, Art History
Dr. Shirland received his MA and PhD in Art History from University College London. His doctoral work examined constructions of masculinity in British art c.1880-1914. Among his publications are articles in the journals Art History, Visual Culture in Britain, and Aries. He has taught at the University of York and Lasell College, and served as the curator of Public Programs at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. He is also visual arts director and lead curator for the project Violence Transformed. Current research interests include the art of Thomas Sidney Cooper; protest and resistance art in South Africa; and contemporary art in Tanzania, together with his ongoing research into James Whistler, Walter Sickert and Wyndham Lewis.
Dr. Shirland regularly teaches the classes ARTH309 Early Modern Art and Architecture; ARTH310 Art and Architecture since 1940; ARTH308 Women in the Visual Arts; ARTH207 Introduction to African Art; and ARTH299 Transforming Violence. He also leads a three-week art history study tour to Tanzania.