Shawon Kinew is a postdoctoral fellow in the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities at Stanford University and a lecturer in its Department of Art and Art History. She specializes in the history of painting and sculpture in early modern Italy. She received her PhD from Harvard University in the History of Art and Architecture in 2016.
Shawon has held residential fellowships from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome and at the Getty Research Institute during the theme of Art & Materiality. Her research has been supported by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the Fondazione Lemmermann, and Harvard University.
At Stanford, Shawon is preparing a manuscript on the global impact of the career of Melchiorre Cafà, whose cultivation of “soft sculptures” in hard stone - or of a “sculptural morbidezza” - challenged the established sculptural tenets of seventeenth-century Rome. Shawon looks forward to teaching the art and history of the California Missions, pivoting around a discussion of political and social reconciliation, as well as developing her research on Correggio and Raphael.