Matthew Shaw Frances Lewis Scholar in Residence

Phone: 540-458-8359


Office: 481 Lewis Hall


EdD, EdM Harvard University

JD, Columbia University

AB, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Areas of Expertise

Educational institutions and the dilemma of difference, federal law and educational policy, evidence law in resolution of constitutional questions, empirical studies in constitutional law


Professor Shaw is the Lewis Law Center Scholar in Residence. He is a assistant professor of public policy and education and assistant professor of law at Vanderbilt University

Matthew Shaw joined the faculty of Vanderbilt's Peabody College in fall 2016 after he completed his doctorate in education at Harvard University. Professor Shaw earned his law degree at  Columbia Law School 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.

Recent Publications

Dissertation: Shaping the DREAM: Law and Policy Defining Undocumented Students' College Access, Harvard University, 2016.

"Bans on affirmative action in states with a history of state-sponsored discrimination" in Education and Civil Rights. New York: Teachers College Press (E. Frankenberg, L.M. Garces & M. Hopkins, editors; 2015)

"Contextualizing gay‚Äźstraight alliances: Student, advisor, and structural factors related to positive youth development among members," 86 Child Development 176 (2014) (with V.P. Poteat, H. Yoshikawa and J.P. Calzo)