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Matthew Shaw

Matthew Shaw is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education and Assistant Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School and an affiliated scholar at the American Bar Foundation.  He joined the faculty of Vanderbilt’s Peabody College in fall 2016 after completed his doctorate in education at Harvard University. Professor Shaw earned his law degree in Columbia in 2005, after which he served for two years as a clerk for Chief Judge W. Louis Sands of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. He practiced law in Atlanta at King & Spading and Schulten Ward & Turner before pursuing his Ed.D. at Harvard, where his dissertation, Shaping the DREAM: Law as Policy Defining Undocumented Students’ College Access, addressed several of his research interests, including federal law and education policy and the insularity of minority status.

His research interests include educational institutions and the dilemma of difference, federal law and educational policy, evidence law in resolution of constitutional questions, empirical studies in constitutional law. 

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