Brian Shaw, Ph.D.


Ph.D., M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A.  State University of New York at Stony Brook

I've been teaching at Davidson for more than 30 years. The focus of my research and political science courses is political philosophy.  

Research Interests and Background

I've taught widely within the department, as well as in Humanities and the First-Year Writing Program. I've offered survey courses in political philosophy, as well as first year and advanced seminars on such topics as the thought of Immanuel Kant, Homer and Thucydides, family policy, and urban design.

In 2010, I was stunned when my survey course on the Foundations of Liberalism was awarded the Spirit of Inquiry Award by the John W. Pope Center for Educational Policy, all thanks to a student of mine, who unbeknownst to me, had nominated me. In 2012, I was the proud recipient of Davidson's Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award.

My articles have appeared in Political Theory, History of Political Thought, The Philosophical Forum, Journal of Politics, and other journals.