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Prof Jane Shaw

Fellow, Honorary Fellow

Principal of Harris Manchester College

Jane Shaw is Principal of Harris Manchester College (for mature undergraduate and graduate students), Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and Professor of the History of Religion in the University of Oxford.  Before returning to Oxford in 2018 to take up these posts, 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. She is currently writing a book about spirituality and religion in the early twentieth century, and is also part of an interdisciplinary research team studying the iGeneration (18 – 22 year olds), their values and use of technology. She is a member of the Stanford University Libraries Advisory Board, and a trustee of Sarum College.

At Kellogg College she organises the annual Vincent Strudwick Lecture on Religion and Public Life.


Pioneers of Modern Spirituality: The Neglected Anglican Innovators of a ‘Spiritual But Not Religious Age’ (DLT/Church Publishing 2018)

The History of a Modern Millennial Movement: The Southcottians, co-edited with Philip Lockley (I. B. Tauris 2017)

Practical Christianity (Church Publishing/SPCK 2012)

Octavia, Daughter of God: the Story of a Female Messiah and her Followers (Jonathan Cape/Yale University Press 2011)

Miracles in Enlightenment England (Yale University Press 2006)

Culture and the Nonconformist Tradition, co-edited with Alan Kreider (University of Wales Press/University of Chicago Press, 1999)