Sheila Blair

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Sheila Blair
Sheila S. Blair

(1948-11-26) November 26, 1948 (age 75)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Occupation(s)Art historian
SpouseJonathan M. Bloom (m. 1980)
Children2 (Felicity and Oliver)
Academic background
Alma materTufts University
Harvard University
ThesisThe Shrine Complex at Natanz, Iran (1980)
Academic work
DisciplineArt history
Sub-disciplineIslamic art
Asian art
InstitutionsBoston College
Virginia Commonwealth University

Sheila S. Blair (born November 26, 1948) is a Canadian-born American art historian and educator. Blair has served as the dual Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College, along with her husband, Jonathan M. Bloom.


Blair received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Sociology from Tufts University in 1970. She then continued education by receiving a Doctor of Philosophy in Art History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University in 1980, graduating in the same exact program as her husband, Jonathan M. Bloom, whom she married in that year. Blair's doctoral dissertation was titled "The Shrine Complex at Natanz, Iran."

Following graduation from Tufts, Blair took a one-year position as an instructor of sociology at Shiraz University. After receiving her doctoral degree, she and Bloom were named Aga Khan Lecturers on Islamic Art and Architecture at Harvard University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology until 1981. In the following year, Blair was a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.

In 2000, Blair and Bloom were named to the dual professorship of Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College. In that same year, she served as the artistic consultant, with Bloom as principal consultant, for the documentary titled Islam: Empire of Faith.[1] In 2006, they also began holding the joint post of Hamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair of Islamic Art at Virginia Commonwealth University.[2]

During the 2014-2015 academic year, Blair and Bloom held a research residency at the Shangri La Museum.[3] The couple retired from teaching in 2018.[4]

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  1. ^ "Sheila Blair - Art, Art History, and Film Department - Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences - Boston College".
  2. ^ "Bloom, Jonathan Max, 1950‒".
  3. ^ "Sheila Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom – Shangri la".
  4. ^ "Q&A: BC Caldwerwood Professors Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom".

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