Susan Dackerman joined the Cantor in September 2017 with a vision to transform the museum into an inclusive gathering place that connects people through the presentation of diverse art and ideas.
As a scholar, curator and professor, Dackerman has deep experience refining the role of university museums and creating innovative collaborations in academic settings, including the development of training programs for museum-based scholarship. She has also written extensively about art and its histories from the Renaissance to the present.
Prior to her role at Stanford, Dackerman was a Getty scholar and consortium professor at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, where she worked on a book about the materiality of Albrecht Dürer’s prints and co-authored Jasper Johns: Catalogue Raisonné of Monotypes. From 2005-2015, she served as the Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Curator at the Harvard Art Museums. At Harvard, Dackerman helped expand the museum’s collection, developed plans for the renovation of building and gallery spaces and organized two major exhibitions, Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe (2011) and Corita Kent and the Language of Pop (2015). In addition, she was curator of prints, drawings and photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Dackerman holds a Ph.D. in the history of art from Bryn Mawr College and an A.B. in art history from Vassar College. She and her partner are based in Palo Alto and Los Angeles, CA, where they live with their Boston Terrier, Phoebe.