Matthew P. Shaw

Dr. Matthew P. Shaw

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Assistant Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University
Ed.D. (2016), Quantitative Policy Analysis in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Matthew P. Shaw

Matthew Patrick Shaw is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Assistant Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Shaw is a sociologist of law who specializes in education rights, in particular how laws define and constrain education access. His work focuses on educational inequity and investigating the forms of evidence needed to meet legal standards for reducing these inequities.

His current projects examine rights to college education, constraints on educational opportunities for undocumented young people in the United States, inclusion of LGBTQ persons in educational communities, and incongruousness between rhetoric and reality in higher-education affirmative action policies. Dr. Shaw's research has been sponsored by the American Bar Foundation, the Law and Society Association, and the National Sciences Foundation. Most recently, the Spencer Foundation funded Dr. Shaw's research on the financial vulnerability of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). An inaugural faculty member of the Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab, Dr. Shaw also serves as a special advisor to the American Bar Association's Commission on the Lawyer's Role in Assuring Every Child's Right to a Quality Education. Dr. Shaw earned his doctorate in quantitative policy analysis from Harvard University (2016), where he also earned a master's degree in education policy and management (2014). He also holds a law degree from Columbia University (2005) and a bachelor's degree in Romance languages and history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2002). 


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