Jane Shaw

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For the American environmentalist, see Jane S. Shaw. For those of a similar name, see Jane Shore (disambiguation).

Jane Alison Shaw (born 1963) is a British Anglican priest and scholar. She is currently the Dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. On July 22, 2014 Stanford University announced that she would be the next Dean for Religious Life at the university.[1]

Shaw studied modern history at Regent's Park College, University of Oxford (BA 1985, MA 1991) and theology at Harvard University (MDiv 1988). She completed a PhD in history at the University of California, Berkeley (1994). She has also received honorary doctorates from the Episcopal Divinity School and Colgate University.

Shaw was a fellow of Regent's Park from 1994 to 2001 (Dean 1998-2001). Having trained on the St Albans and Oxford Ministry Course, she was ordained deacon in 1997 and priest in 1998. She has been Official Fellow, Chaplain, and Dean of Divinity of New College, Oxford, since 2001. On 25 June 2010, Shaw was named the eighth Dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. She was installed as Dean on November 6, 2010.

Shaw holds appointments as Honorary Chaplain and Honorary Canon of Christ Church, Oxford, Director of the Oxford University Summer Programme in Theology, and Canon Theologian of Salisbury Cathedral, a new post created in 2007. While at New College she was also a Governor of Winchester College.

Shaw's interests include the Enlightenment, modern religious history, ethics, and issues in gender and sexuality. She has published several books, including Miracles in Enlightenment England (Yale University Press, 2007) and Octavia, Daughter of God (Jonathan Cape, 2011). She has written numerous articles in scholarly journals. She edited Culture and the Nonconformist Tradition (with Alan Kreider; Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1999) and The Call for Women Bishops (with Harriet Harris; afterword by Marilyn McCord Adams; London: SPCK, 2004). She is a frequent contributor to The Guardian and the Church Times.


  1. ^ "Dean of Grace Cathedral to become Stanford dean for religious life". Stanford Report (Stanford University). 22 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 

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