Maurie McInnis

Executive Vice President and Provost

Maurie McInnis began her appointment as executive vice president and provost of The University of Texas at Austin on July 1, 2016. Previously, she served as vice provost for academic affairs and professor of art history at the University of Virginia (UVA).

In addition to her role as provost, McInnis has dual faculty appointments in the Department of American Studies and the Department of Art and Art History. She also holds the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities.

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Service at University of Virginia

At UVA, McInnis served as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs where she played a central role in increasing collaborations across colleges including the creation of several interdisciplinary degree programs. In addition, she worked to create new programs that increased undergraduate research opportunities.

In her previous role as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, she led a number of curricular reform efforts and worked to strengthen undergraduate advising.

Scholarship and Awards

McInnis is a renowned scholar in the cultural history of American art in the colonial and antebellum south. Her scholarship focuses on the relationship between politics and art in early America. She has published extensively on American art history, including four books that earned six awards.

Her most recent book, Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade, was awarded the Charles C. Eldredge Book Prize from the Smithsonian American Art Museum as well as the Library of Virginia Literary Award for nonfiction.

Expanding on the material she discussed in the book, McInnis curated To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade at the Library of Virginia (2015). The exhibition was the most visited showing in the history of the Library of Virginia.


McInnis earned a bachelor's degree with highest distinction in art history from University of Virginia and a master's degree and Ph.D., also in art history, from Yale University.

Personal Information

McInnis is married to her husband, Dean. Together they have two children, and much of her free time is focused on her family. She enjoys photography, traveling, being active and hiking, or ideally combining all of the above.

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