Robin Kelsey

Robin Kelsey

Dean of Arts and Humanities Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography
History of Photography and American Art
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Robin Kelsey has been Dean of Arts and Humanities at Harvard University since 2016, and Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography in the Department of History of Art and Architecture since 2009. Before becoming Dean, he chaired the Department of HAA for three years. He holds a PhD in History of Art from Harvard and a JD from Yale Law School, and he has practiced law in California. A specialist in the history of photography, Professor Kelsey is the author of Photography and the Art of Chance, published by Harvard University Press in 2015 and named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for that year, and Archive Style: Photographs and Illustrations for U.S. Surveys, 1850-1890, published by the University of California Press in 2007. With Blake Stimson, he co-edited a book entitled The Meaning of Photography, published by the Clark Art Institute and Yale University Press in 2008. Professor Kelsey has held visiting professorships at Williams College and the École normale supériere, Paris, and has received various awards for his scholarship and teaching, including the Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize, a Walter Channing Cabot Fellowship, and the Rosalyn Abramson Award. He has served as the chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee on the search for the President of Harvard University, the chair of the Harvard University Committee on the Arts, and the President of the Harvard College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

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