James Shulman serves as Artstor's President. Working with his colleagues, he developed and implemented plans for creating an organization that now serves over 1,500 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; recent publications include Collaborative Change: Bringing innovation to hard-to-change institutions in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and The Funder as Founder: Ethical considerations of the philanthropic creation of nonprofit organizations, in The Ethics of Philanthropy (Oxford University Press), and Words . will not stay in place: cataloging and sharing image collections, in the Art Libraries Journal: March 2011.
During his 9 years at the Mellon Foundation before creating Artstor with other colleagues at the Foundation in 2001, he participated in the construction of large databases, wrote about educational policy issues and the missions of not-for-profit institutions, and worked in a range of research, administrative, and investment capacities. At the Foundation, he oversaw the building of the College and Beyond database with 34 participating colleges and universities, survey teams at Mathematica Policy Research and NORC, and Foundation colleagues. Drawing upon the database, 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 Bowen) The Game of Life: College Sports and Educational Values (Princeton University Press, 2001).
From 1997-2001, he assisted in the management of the Foundation's endowment. He also worked with the Financial Vice President with the Foundation's internal budgeting. For the first half of 2000, Shulman managed these functions while the Financial Vice President was on sabbatical.
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 Smith College, where he serves on the Educational Matters, Investment, and Campus Life (Chair) committees, and on the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Content Strategy Committee.