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Maurie McInnis
American historian

Maurie McInnis

Maurie McInnis
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Intro American historian
Is Historian
From United States of America
Field Social science
Gender female
Birth 11 January 1966
Age 56 years
Star sign Capricorn
University of Virginia
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Maurie D. McInnis (born January 11, 1966) is an American author and cultural historian who currently serves as the executive vice president and provost at The University of Texas at Austin and the president-elect at Stony Brook University, effective July 1, 2020. She is also a professor of art history and American studies, and holds the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at UT Austin.


McInnis attended the University of Virginia where she was a Jefferson Scholar. She received a B.A. in Art History with Highest Distinction, and her Ph.D. in the History of Art from Yale University.


Prior to UT Austin, McInnis served as vice provost for academic affairs at the University of Virginia. Over her almost 20 years' experience at UVA, McInnis held various academic leadership and administrative appointments, including vice provost for academic affairs, associate dean for undergraduate education programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, director of American Studies, and as a professor of art history. She joined the faculty of UVA in 1998, earned tenure in 2005 and became a full professor in 2011.

McInnis is a renowned scholar in the cultural history of American Art in the colonial and antebellum South. Her work has focused on the relationship between art and politics in early America, especially on the politics of slavery. Her extensive publications have received numerous awards. Her first book, "The Politics of Taste in Antebellum Charleston," was awarded the Spiro Kostof Award by the Society of Architectural Historians (among others).

Her penultimate book, "Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade" was published in 2011 and awarded the Charles C. Eldredge Book Prize from the Smithsonian American Art Museum as well as the Library of Virginia Literary Award for nonfiction. She recently published, "Educated in Tyranny: Slavery at Thomas Jefferson's University." She has also served as a curator, consultant, and advisor to multiple art museums and historic sites.

On March 26th, 2020 Dr. McInnis was announced as the 6th President of Stony Brook University . She will begin serving in this role on July 1st 2020.

Awards and honors

  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
  • Charles C. Eldredge Prize, presented to Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade, for outstanding scholarship in the field of American Art, 2012.
  • Library of Virginia Literary Award for non-fiction, 2012 for Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade.
  • Spiro Kostof Book Award, Society of Architectural Historians, presented to The Politics of Taste in Antebellum Charleston for the book that has made the greatest contribution to our understanding of urbanism and its relationship with architecture, 2007.
  • Fred B. Kniffen Book Award, Pioneer America Society, presented to The Politics of Taste in Antebellum Charleston for the best book in the field of material culture in North America, 2007.
  • George C. Rogers, Jr. Book Award, South Carolina Historical Society, presented to The Politics of Taste in Antebellum Charleston for the best book about South Carolina, 2006.
  • Thomas Jefferson Visiting Fellow, Downing College, Cambridge University

Selected publications

  • Educated in Tyranny - Slavery at Thomas Jefferson's University. University of Virginia Press, 2019. (Co-editor)
  • Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade. University of Chicago Press, 2011. (issued in cloth and paperback)
  • Shaping the Body Politic: Art and Political Formation in the Early Nation, co-edited volume with Louis P. Nelson. Includes McInnis’ essay, “Revisiting Cincinnatus: Houdon’s George Washington.” Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011.
  • The Politics of Taste in Antebellum Charleston. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005. (issued in paperback in 2016)
  • A Jeffersonian Ideal: Selections from the Dr. and Mrs. Henry C. Landon III Collection of Fine and Decorative Arts. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Art Museum, 2005. (Served as contributor and co-editor).
  • In Pursuit of Refinement: Charlestonians Abroad 1740-1860. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1999. (Lead author and editor). (issued in cloth and paperback)
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