James Shulman is a Senior Fellow at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. From its founding in 2001 to 2016 he was president of Artstor. Working with his colleagues, he developed and implemented plans for creating an organization that now serves over 1,800 colleges, universities, schools, and museums around the world.
He writes and speaks about issues associated with the educational use of images and digital technology, innovative non-profits, and high impact philanthropy. Before creating Artstor with other colleagues at Mellon in 2001, he worked in a range of research, administrative, and investment capacities. At the Foundation, he collaborated with William G. Bowen and Derek Bok on The Shape of the River: Long-term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions (Princeton University Press, 1998). He also wrote (with William G. Bowen), The Game of Life: College Sports and Educational Values (Princeton University Press, 2001).
Shulman received his BA and Ph.D. from Yale in Renaissance Studies. His dissertation, which examined how heroes made decisions in the complex world of renaissance epic poetry, received the John Addison Porter Prize and forms the basis of The Pale Cast of Thought: Hesitation and Decision in the Renaissance Epic (University of Delaware Press, 1998). He also has written the introduction to Robert K. Merton's The Travels and Adventures of Serendipity: A Study in Historical Semantics and the Sociology of Science (published by Princeton University Press, 2003).
He serves on the board of the Renaissance Society of America, The Spence School, and the Yale Graduate School Alumni Association. From 2006-2015 he served as a trustee of Smith College; he also served on the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Content Strategy Committee.