Shannon Lieberman

Shannon Lieberman
Graduate Alumni


Areas of Concentration: 20th-century American art, Feminist and Performance Art
Faculty Advisor: Laurie Monahan
Committee Members: Jenni Sorkin, E. Bruce Robertson
Dissertation: "Alongside, Outside, Within, Against: Feminist Art and the American Museum, 1965-2007"
M.A. Thesis: "A Way and A Means: Ritual, Performativity, and Identity in Ana Mendieta’s Silueta Series" (San Diego State University, completed 2008)


Shannon M. Lieberman is a Ph.D. Candidate and is currently working on her dissertation, "Alongside, Outside, Within, Against: Feminist Art and the American Museum, 1965-2007." This research explores how definitions of feminist art have been shaped through exhibitions and examines the stakes of continuing to use “feminist art” as a descriptive category.

Shannon has taught at San Diego City College, UCSB, and Cuesta College and is pursuing a Certificate in College & University Teaching (CCUT) concurrently with her doctoral work.

Her publications include the book review "Cost/Benefit: Assessing Feminism’s Impact on Museum Practice" (Art Journal, forthcoming), "The Big House and the Back of the Big House: Morality and Censorship at the Library of Congress" (Critical Interventions, 2013), "Body of Work: Ritual, Body, and Identity in Ana Mendieta's I Series," (2007 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities proceedings), and "The Ritual Compass: Navigating and Negotiating The Space Between," (2006, in the catalog The Space Between: Ritual Transformations).

In 2015, Shannon co-organized a Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon in conjunction with the Art + Feminism project. As a co-convener of the Performance Studies Research Focus Group, she organized the 2012 conference “The Knowing Body.”

Prior to beginning doctoral work, Shannon earned a B.A. in Art History and French from Tulane University and an M.A. from San Diego State University. She is the recipient of a 2012/2013 UC California Studies Consortium Graduate Student Research Travel Grant, as well as pre- and post-ABD travel grants from the department of the History of Art and Architecture.