Shelby Moser, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Art
Phone: (626) 815-2064
Office Location: Art Center, Room 1
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Shelby Moser is an adjunct professor of art history in the Department of Art at Azusa Pacific University (APU) in Southern California. Her research interests are primarily in analytic aesthetics, philosophy of digital works & videogames, and art history. A few of her publications include Videogame Ontology, Constitutive Rules, and Algorithms (Routlegde 2018), The Aesthetics of Interactivity (Routledge 2019), and Toward a New Regard of Digital Works (Routledge 2020). She is also a resident author with the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy on the Philosophy of Digital Art. Shelby earned her Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Art from the University of Kent in Canterbury (UK).


  • Ph.D., Analytic Aesthetics, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
  • M.A., Analytic Aesthetics, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
  • M.A., California State University, Los Angeles
  • B.A., Azusa Pacific University

Academic Area

  • School of Visual and Performing Arts (College of the Arts)
    • Department of Art


  • Aesthetics
  • Ancient art history
  • Computer games as art
  • Contemporary art history
  • Hacker's ethic in the art
  • Ontology of interactive art

Courses Taught

  • ART 550 – History of 19th-Century Art, Criticism, and Theory
  • ART 570 – Theories and Practices of Abstraction
  • ART 594 – Independent Studio
  • ART 605 – Modernism and the Museum