Faculty Biography

Justin Shaw

Justin Shaw, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of English
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Email: jshaw@clarku.edu



Justin P. Shaw, Ph.D. specializes in the literature of the 16th and 17th Centuries. He teaches courses on race, disability, and emotions in early modern British literature. His recently published article explores Shakespeare ‘Othello’ at the intersections of race, disability, and care while forthcoming publications examine racial science in Dryden’s ‘All for Love’, whiteness and disability in 'Richard III', and Black women’s melancholy in Aphra Behn’s ‘Oroonoko’. He is working on a book project that interrogates how early modern writers understood emerging ideas of racial identification through existing ideas about melancholy. His public scholarship, such as the online resource, 'Shakespeare and the Players', has been shared widely and he has been a contributor for NPR and the 'A Bit Lit' podcast. His courses at Clark range from introductory courses to advanced seminars like "Shakespeare and Race" and "Working My Nerves: Emotions in the Renaissance."