Caroline Shields is a Ph.D. candidate studying late nineteenth-century French painting under Dr. June Hargrove. In 2014-2015 she was engaged in research projects with the National Gallery of Art and the Musée d’Orsay. Her research interests lie in multi-sensorial aspects of painting, Gauguin self-portraits, nineteenth-century Paris Universal Expositions, and applications of modern-day scientific methodologies to the humanities. She has served as a teaching assistant in both Western and Non-Western survey courses for four semesters, and was the instructor of record for the course “Nineteenth Century Art from 1850”.
Prior to coming to the University of Maryland, Caroline worked as the Manager of Outreach Education at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, where she curated the exhibition “Circus! Art and Science Under the Big Top.” Caroline has held internships at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Montclair Art Museum. She graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science degree in art history and geology.